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San Bernardino County deputy dies after apparent road rage attack

Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 1:07 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO — Larry Falce, a 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department died Tuesday night from injuries he suffered in a New Year's Eve attack, the department announced. CBS Los Angeles reports the San Bernardino Police Department confirmed late Tuesday that a suspect in the 70-year-old deputy's apparent road rage attack has been taken into custody. No further details were released.

The department says Falce was driving his own car when he got into a minor car accident at University Avenue and Kendall Drive in San Bernardino. Investigators say the person in the other car beat Falce unconscious and he suffered a blow to the head. He died after two days in the hospital. Falce was the oldest deputy to serve on the department.

At 10 p.m.  a procession was held for Falce from Loma Linda Medical Center to the coroner's office.

"He prided himself as being a lifelong public servant, who cared deeply about this profession," Lt. Sarkis Ohannessian said in a press release. "Larry was loved by his peers and the community members he served. More importantly, he cared about so many people he called family."

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Larry Falce

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Deputies at the procession were too emotional to go on camera, CBS2's Rachel Kim reported.

Before joining the department in 1981, Falce served in the U.S. Army.