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January

Police Officer Steven Gerald Gajda
End of Watch: January 1, 1998
Biographical Info
Age: 29
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 27686
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 31, 1997
Weapon Used: Handgun; .25 caliber
Suspect Information: Shot and killed by other officers

Officer Gajda died on January 1, 1998, after being shot in the head while assigned to stop people from shooting guns in the air on New Year's Eve. Officer Gajda and other officers stopped at a party which seemed out of control to issue a warning. While they were approaching several gang members fled and were pursued by the officers. Officer Gajda chased one man who appeared to have a weapon in his waistband and was shot in the ensuing struggle. Two officers on the scene returned fire, killing the 17 year old suspect who had been wanted for murder since March of 1997.

Officer Gajda is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Clarence W. Dean
End of Watch: January 17, 1994
Biographical Info
Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: 13994
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: January 17, 1994
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Dean was killed when his motorcycle drove off of a section of freeway which had just collapsed due to a major earthquake.

Officer Dean had been in law enforcement for 26 years and is survived by his son and daughter.

Police Officer Joe Rios
End of Watch: January 20, 1993
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 24216
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Bicycle accident
Date of Incident: May 27, 1992
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Rios succumbed to injuries sustained seven months earlier while on bicycle patrol in the Hollywood area. On May 27, 1992, he struck an automobile which exited a parking lot into his path. Officer Rios sustained a cerebral concussion which contributed to his death eight months later of a massive seizure and cardiac arrest.

Police Officer Michael Ian McDougal
End of Watch: January 19, 1975
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 14028
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: January 19, 1975
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer McDougal was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Michael Joseph McAndrews
End of Watch: January 13, 1957
Biographical Info
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: January 13, 1957
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman McAndrews suffered a fatal heart attack after chasing two suspects. Policeman McAndrews was on his way to work when he observed a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff chasing two suspects on foot. Policeman McAndrews joined in the foot chase and the two officers were able to apprehend the suspect. As the Deputy was handcuffing one suspect, Policeman McAndrews suffered a heart attack. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

Patrolman McAndrews had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 11 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Lieutenant Harry G. Emsley
End of Watch: January 12, 1939
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: January 12, 1939
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Lieutenant Emsley was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman W. E. Long
End of Watch: January 18, 1938
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 18, 1938
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Long was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Hugh A. Crowley
End of Watch: January 11, 1932
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 11, 1932
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Sentenced to death

Officer Crowley was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery at a theater in the Westwood District. The suspect was wounded by Officer Crowley's return fire. The man was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death.

Policeman James L. Beck
End of Watch: January 28, 1931
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 28, 1931
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Beck was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance.

Policeman Parley L. Bennett
End of Watch: January 25, 1927
Biographical Info
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 25, 1927
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Arrested after 44 years

Policeman Bennett was shot and killed by a robbery suspect. He was performing traffic duty when he was approached by a shop owner who informed him that the shop was being robbed. Policeman Bennett was shot as he entered the shop to confront the suspect.

On October 14, 1971, 44 years after Policeman Bennett's murder, officer responded to a call of a man being drunk in public. As they talked to the man he admitted to murdering Policeman Bennett. He was arrested and committed to a state mental hospital where he died five years later.

Policeman Bennett had served with the agency for 2.5 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Policeman Charles M. Partin
End of Watch: January 23, 1927
Biographical Info
Age: 28
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: January 23, 1927
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Partin was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Virginia Road while attempting to stop a speeder. His motorcycle collided with another vehicle in the intersection.

Policeman Partin's father, Deputy Julian Partin, was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 11, 1920, while serving with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Ralph D. Green
End of Watch: January 11, 1924
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 11, 1924
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available
Policeman Archie Cruse
End of Watch: January 22, 1923
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 22, 1923
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Policeman Cruse was shot and killed by a robbery suspect. The suspect was arrested in Seattle, Washington, and extradited back to California to stand trial for Policeman Cruse's murder.

Policeman Charles P. Williams
End of Watch: January 13, 1923
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 13, 1923
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Williams was shot and killed while working a vice detail along Central Avenue. He and his partner were flagged down by a citizen who told them a man was waving a gun at nearby house. The officers knew this house to be a brothel. The man was a vigilante who was trying to rid the area of prostitution. As they were driving there, the police car broke down and Policeman Williams decided to walk the rest of the way. Upon his arrival, he told the man to put his hands up. The suspect fired twice, striking Policeman Williams in the abdomen.

The suspect was later captured, but it is unknown what happened to him. The suspect claimed he did not know Policeman Williams was an officer.

Policeman Williams is the first known African-American Officer to be killed in the line of duty in Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife

February

Police Officer Randal (Randy) Simmons
End of Watch: February 7, 2008
Biographical Info
Age: 51
Tour of Duty: 27 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 7, 2008
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Unknown

Officer Randy Simmons was shot and killed as he and other members of the Los Angeles SWAT Team made entry into a home at approximately 12:30 am. The team had been deployed to the home after a suspect inside called 911 and claimed to have murdered three family members.

As the team entered, the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Simmons and a second officer. Both officers were immediately transported to Northridge Medical Center, where Officer Simmons succumbed to his wounds approximately 30 minutes later.
Officer Simmons had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 27 years.

Simmons, a married father of a teenage son and daughter, spent his off-hours mentoring youth in South Los Angeles -- a sign of how passionate he was about his work and the community where he had been a gang officer for years, colleagues said.

Originally from New York, he had been a football player at Washington State University and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. But an injury shortened his pro football career and he ended up in the LAPD police academy, and then as a patrol officer, starting in 1981. He worked Pacific Division, gang units in South Los Angeles, and then SWAT.
Officer Simmons is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and three sisters.

Police Officer Ricardo Lizarraga
End of Watch: February 20, 2004
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 36046
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 20, 2004
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Information: Committed suicide

Officer Lizarraga was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. He and his partner were flagged down by a woman while on patrol. The woman informed the two officers she was having problems with a friend and wanted him removed from her home. As the officers approached the man to search him, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Lizarraga in the abdomen, below his vest. Officer Lizarraga's partner returned fire as the suspect fled the scene.

Officer Lizarraga was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wounds approximately 2 hours later. The suspect was arrested about 3 hours after the shooting during a large manhunt. The shooter was a gang member who was on parole and had a long criminal history. The suspect attempted to hang himself in his cell a few hours after his first court appearance. He died the next day from the wounds he received in that attempt.
Officer Lizarraga joined the LAPD on September 25, 2001 and graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in April 2002.  He worked patrol assignments in the 77th Street Area and one year later transferred to the Newton Area.  He chose Newton because there he could use his fluent Spanish in the community.  He felt it was a great privilege to be working a Z-Car Unit.

Officer Ricardo Lizarraga was born on January 24, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, as the eldest son of Candolario and Cristina.  He has a younger brother and two sisters.  As a child, he was a "happy" little boy, picking up everything in sight and putting it in his mouth.  Richardo played sports at Hamilton High School where he excelled in baseball and loved to play football.  Although he was the biggest kid around, he hated fighting.
He worked for Hughes Market for approximately 10 years as a clerk.  Ricardo met his wife Joyce there, and they eventually married.  Ricardo and Joyce enjoyed traveling.  He would go to mom's for breakfast in the morning even after he got married.

Ricardo was quite an athlete. He was excited about being on the LAPD football team - recently boasting about having bars on his nose from being driven into the ground face first. He also enjoyed football and pick-up games of basketball at the park or with his young cousins who loved to challenge him.  Whenever he had a chance, he went golfing or running.
Ricardo was a very thoughtful son.  He always told his mom - "whatever you want, mom" and got it for her.  To all of us, Ricardo was the "gentle giant" that we all love and miss dearly.

Officer Lizarraga had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 2.5 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and two sisters.

Police Officer Van Derick Johnson
End of Watch: February 5, 1997
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 25561
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: February 5, 1997
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Johnson was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle while he was on routine patrol.

Officer Johnson is survived by his wife.

Police Officer Christy Lynn Hamilton
End of Watch: February 22, 1994
Biographical Info
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: 30433
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 22, 1994
Weapon Used: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect Information: Committed suicide

Officer Hamilton was shot and killed after being ambushed by a juvenile boy armed with an AR-15 rifle. The boy had just killed his father and called the police. When Officer Hamilton and her partner he arrived, he opened fire from an ambush position. One round struck Officer Hamilton in the armhole of her vest, causing a fatal wound. The suspect committed suicide after firing upon the officers.

Officer Hamilton had only been with the department for three months. She is survived by her two children, parents, brother, sister, nieces and nephews.

Police Officer Tina Frances Kerbrat
End of Watch: February 11, 1991
Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: 27606
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Weapon Used: Handgun; .357 caliber
Suspect Information: Shot and killed

Officer Kerbrat was shot and killed after she and her training officer had stopped to talk to a man who they had recognized as a possible criminal. They stopped the patrol car in front of him and he immediately approached from the rear and opened fire while both officers were still in the patrol car. Officer Kerbrat was killed before even exiting the vehicle. The suspect was shot and killed by her training officer.

Officer Kerbrat was the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty with the Los Angeles Police Department. She had been with the agency for only 10 months and was survived by her husband, son and daughter.

Detective Arleigh Eugene McCree
End of Watch: February 8, 1986
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12241
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Bomb
Date of Incident: February 8, 1986
Weapon Used: Explosives; Pipe bomb
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective McCree and Officer Ronald Ball were killed while attempting to defuse two booby-trapped pipe bombs. The officers, both members of the Bomb Squad, were called to a home that was being searched in connection with a shooting. The officers conducting the search located the two pipe bombs in a garage and called the Bomb Squad to the scene. While examining the devices the officers determined they were booby trapped and moved all of the other officers away from the scene.

As Detective McCree and Officer Ball attempted to defuse the bombs they detonated, killing Detective McCree instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to the wounds at a local hospital several hours later.

Detective McCree was a world-renowned bomb expert and assisted with the investigation of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon. He was even offered a high-paying job by the dictator Moammar Khadafy to train terrorists how to build bombs.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball
End of Watch: February 8, 1986
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 15323
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Bomb
Date of Incident: February 8, 1986
Weapon Used: Explosives; Pipe Bomb
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Ball and Detective Arleigh McCree were killed while attempting to defuse two booby-trapped pipe bombs. The officers, both members of the Bomb Squad, were called to a home that was being searched in connection with a shooting. The officers conducting the search located the two pipe bombs in a garage and called the Bomb Squad to the scene. While examining the devices the officers determined they were booby trapped and moved all of the other officers away from the scene.

As Detective McCree and Officer Ball attempted to defuse the bombs they detonated, killing Detective McCree instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to the wounds at a local hospital several hours later.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Zlatko Nicholas Sintic
End of Watch: February 12, 1976
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 15485
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 12, 1976
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Sintic was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Donald L. Highley
End of Watch: February 10, 1968
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 11859
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: February 10, 1968
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Highley was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Detective Robert M. Endler
End of Watch: February 1, 1964
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 6221
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 1, 1964
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Endler and Detective Sergeant Charles Monaghan were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a forgery suspect.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Detective Sergeant Charles P. Monaghan
End of Watch: February 1, 1964
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 6078
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 1, 1964
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Sergeant Monaghan and Detective Robert Endler were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a forgery suspect.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Detective Clay N. Hunt
End of Watch: February 22, 1955
Biographical Info
Age: 42
Badge Number: 1007
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: February 22, 1955
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Hunt was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Sergeant Marvin Wayne Haney
End of Watch: February 15, 1952
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Badge Number: 3969
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 10, 1952
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Sergeant Haney was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Walter H. Kesterson
End of Watch: February 4, 1946
Biographical Info
Age: 51
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 4, 1946
Weapon Used: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect Information: Shot and kiled

Policeman Kesterson was shot and killed by two suspects after he and his partner responded to a robbery call. Both suspects were shot and killed by Policeman Kesterson after he was shot.

The two men were wanted for the January 31, 1946, murder of Officer Richard Pennington, of the Vernon Police Department. Officer Pennington was shot and killed after arresting the two men for leading him on a vehicle chase.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Jack W. Harris
End of Watch: February 1, 1946
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: January 31, 1946
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Harris was shot and killed by a gambling suspect.

Policeman Clyde Pritchett
End of Watch: February 17, 1936
Biographical Info
Age: 42
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 17, 1936
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Pritchett was shot and killed while at the scene of a domestic dispute.

Policeman Pritchett and another officer responded to the scene. The other officer arrived first and began to struggle with the suspect. As Policeman Pritchett entered the business the suspect broke free from the other officer, produced a handgun, and shot Policeman Pritchett in the chest. The suspect and the other officer then exchanged shots and both were wounded.

The suspect later stated that he had gone to the business and planned on committing suicide in front of his wife.

Policeman John M. Schomaker
End of Watch: February 27, 1929
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: February 27, 1929
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Schomaker and Policeman William Marple were killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman William H. Marple
End of Watch: February 27, 1929
Biographical Info
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: February 27, 1929
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Marple and Policeman John Schomaker were killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Carl Drake
End of Watch: February 23, 1926
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: February 23, 1926
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Drank was accidentally shot and killed while on duty.

Policeman Herbert Klade
End of Watch: February 8, 1926
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 8, 1926
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Klade was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed suspect.

Policeman Glenn E. Bond
End of Watch: February 20, 1924
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 20, 1924
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Executed in 1925

Policeman Bond was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery call.

Four suspects were apprehended in connection with his murder. Three of the suspects were hung at Folsom State Prison on July 10, 1925, for their part in Policeman Bond's murder.

Policeman P. J. Downey
End of Watch: February 18, 1919
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 18, 1919
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Downey was shot and killed by a prisoner attempting to escape custody.

Policeman Clyde A. May
End of Watch: February 28, 1907
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 3, 1907
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Killed by another officer

Policeman May was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect at Adams and San Pedro streets.

Policeman May and his partner had stopped and gotten off their bicycles to question a man they found out on the street after midnight. As Policeman May attempted to stop him from fleeing, the man jerked loose and fired a shot, hitting Policeman May. As he ran, he took aim at Policeman May's partner, who fired first, killing him.

Policeman May was survived by his wife of one month, his mother, and two brothers.

March

Police Officer III Nicholas C. Lee
End of Watch: March 7, 2014
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 34980
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Traffic Accident
Last Assigned To: Hollywood Area
Policeman III+I Robert James (RJ) Cottle
End of Watch: March 24, 2010
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 27922
Incident Details
Last Assigned To: Metropolitan Division - Special Weapons and Tactics Platoon
Police Officer Louis Villalobos Jr.
End of Watch: March 17, 2000
Biographical Info
Age: 52
Tour of Duty: 29 years
Badge Number: 16237
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Training accident
Date of Incident: March 16, 2000
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Villalobos died a day after falling off a catwalk while performing an advanced SWAT training exercise at the United States Marine Corps base in Camp Pendleton, California. During the training exercise, Officer Villalobos slipped off of the 10-feet high catwalk. He sustained serious head injuries and died the next day.

Officer Villalobos had been with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years, and had been a member of the SWAT team for 17 years. He is survived by his parents and four children.

Reserve Officer Stuart S. Taira
End of Watch: March 1, 1983
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: March 1, 1983
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Reserve Officer Taira was killed as a result of a police helicopter crash. Reserve Officer Taira, an observer for the helicopter unit, and two other officers were conducting aerial patrols following a tornado. In between patrols the officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a burglar on a roof. As the helicopter took off it struck a power line, causing it to crash. The officers survived the initial impact and Reserve Officer Taira was able to exit the aircraft.

Reserve Officer Taira then returned to the aircraft in an attempt to rescue his two partners. One of the helicopter's rotors struck Reserve Officer Taira in the head, killing him.

Reserve Officer Taira was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Valor.

Detective Curtis C. Hagele
End of Watch: March 10, 1980
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 11389
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: March 10, 1980
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Hagele was accidentally shot and killed by his partner while they attempted to arrest a robbery suspect.

Policeman Fred H. Early
End of Watch: March 23, 1973
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Badge Number: 12522
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 9, 1972
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Early was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Early was off duty when he observed a burglary in progress. He went to a phone booth to call in the crime when he was confronted by the suspect(s) and shot while he was on the phone. He survived the shooting, but not without complications. In the months that passed he suffered blackouts and other symptoms. While undergoing treatment at UCLA Medical Center he sustained irreversible brain damage and never recovered from the procedures. He died from his injuries six months after the shooting.

In March 1998, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) in the shooting of Policeman Early.

Policeman Kenneth E. Walters
End of Watch: March 27, 1972
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 16849
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: March 27, 1972
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Walters was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman John C. Smith
End of Watch: March 2, 1966
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Badge Number: 10395
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: March 2, 1966
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Smith was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Ian J. Campbell
End of Watch: March 9, 1963
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 10046
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 9, 1963
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Sentenced to life

Policeman Campbell was shot execution style and killed after he and his partner were abducted by two suspects during a traffic stop. The officers were on patrol when they began to question the men. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and was able to disarm the officers. The two men drove the officers to a field where they shot Policeman Campbell. The second officer was able to flee the scene and was not injured.

The shooter suspect was sentenced to death but later had the sentenced commuted to life. The accomplice was also sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Jose L. Castellanos
End of Watch: March 5, 1959
Biographical Info
Age: 36
Badge Number: 6517
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 5, 1959
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Castellanos was shot and killed by a murder suspect.

Policeman Leo Wise
End of Watch: March 17, 1957
Biographical Info
Age: 34
Badge Number: 5298
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 17, 1957
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Wise was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man.

Policeman James D. Kennard
End of Watch: March 3, 1952
Biographical Info
Age: 39
Badge Number: 2942
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: March 3, 1952
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Kennard was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Sergeant Charles H. Bridgeman
End of Watch: March 16, 1945
Biographical Info
Age: 43
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: March 16, 1945
Weapon Used: Officer's weapon
Suspect Information: Not available

Sergeant Bridgeman was accidentally shot and killed while on duty.

Policeman James O. Summers
End of Watch: March 4, 1944
Biographical Info
Age: 49
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: March 3, 1944
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Summers suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a prisoner.

Policeman Lee N. Bunch
End of Watch: March 8, 1942
Biographical Info
Age: 45
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 8, 1942
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bunch was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.
Because of World War II, tires were rationed and cars were being stolen and stripped of their tires and abandoned. The Detective Inspector thought that these thieves would have a lot of money and might go to Gardena to gamble; draw poker being legal there. Policeman Bunch was working undercover in a poker club because he was a good poker player and probably knew more car thieves and car prowlers than anyone in the department.

Shortly after midnight three holdup men entered the club armed with a semiautomatic 12 gauge shotgun and revolvers.They lined up the fourteen customers and employees with their faces against the wall and as one suspect covered them with the shotgun the other two suspects started to search the victims.

Policeman Bunch was the fifth person in line from where the search was started. He carried his .38 in a shoulder holster. Probably knowing that he would be identified as a police officer, Policeman Bunch drew his gun, whirled and fired at the man holding the shotgun, hitting him in the belly and knocking him back on his haunches. As he hit the floor, he fired two shots from the shotgun. The first went high, but the second struck Policeman Bunch in the head, killing him instantly. The bandits fled to their getaway car. They drove around for awhile and knew the injured suspect had to have medical attention. They finally dumped him out in a hospital driveway. The injured robber died the next day, but before he did, he implicated the others.

The other two robbers plead guilty and were sentenced to die. The driver, who had been unarmed, was given a life sentence. Later, the death sentences were changed to life sentences, on the grounds that their attorney caused them to plead guilty with the belief that they would receive life sentences.

Policeman Donald C. Tisdale
End of Watch: March 10, 1937
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: March 10, 1937
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Tisdale was killed in an on duty motorcycle accident.

Policeman Henry C. Jackson
End of Watch: March 1, 1931
Biographical Info
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: March 1, 1931
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Jackson was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman James C. Costello
End of Watch: March 31, 1930
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 31, 1930
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Gun; Unknown type

Policeman Costello was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman James H. Carter
End of Watch: March 18, 1928
Biographical Info
Age: 36
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 18, 1928
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Carter was shot and killed while searching two suspects. As he searched the first suspect the second man stepped back and shot Policeman Carter. Despite being mortally wounded Policeman Carter returned fire and pursued the suspects until he collapsed.

Policeman John Volberg Wicks
End of Watch: March 23, 1927
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 22, 1927
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Information: Shot and killed

Policeman Wicks succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day. He had responded to a domestic disturbance call in which a man had assaulted his wife and son. When he arrived at the scene, the man shot him twice in the abdomen. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Wicks returned fire and killed the suspect.

Policeman Wicks had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife.

Policeman James M. Miller
End of Watch: March 14, 1926
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 14, 1926
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Miller was shot and killed by a bootlegging suspect during a raid. Two brothers surrendered to the Los Angeles Police Department 5 days later and admitted to murdering Policeman Miller.

Policeman Walter R. Kreps
End of Watch: March 28, 1916
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: March 28, 1916
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Kreps was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman James F. Crehan
End of Watch: March 31, 1914
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by streetcar
Date of Incident: March 31, 1914
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Crehan was struck by a streetcar and killed.

April

Police Officer II+2 Christopher A. Cortijo
End of Watch: April 9, 2014
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 25473
Incident Details
Last Assigned To: Valley Traffic Division
Detective Norman D. Eckles
End of Watch: April 20, 1989
Biographical Info
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: 16032
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 1, 1983
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Eckles was shot while serving a narcotics search warrant in South Central Los Angeles. Detective Eckles and another officer, identifying themselves as police officers, tried to enter the suspects apartment in a surprise predawn raid. While his partner tried to force the door open, Detective Eckles broke a window as a diversionary tactic. Though Detective Eckles was wearing a bulletproof vest, he was shot. The bullet entered from the side, beneath his right armpit and lodged in his spine. The wound immobilized him from the chest down, forcing him to take a disability retirement. He died about five and a half years later from acute and chronic infections from the bullet wound he'd suffered.

Detective Eckles remained active in law enforcement, frequently testifying from his wheelchair as an expert on narcotics cases. He also served as a police consultant, lecturing officers on safety and survival.

The suspect was convicted in 1965 of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, one count of assault with a firearm and sentenced to 22 years.

Detective Eckles had been with the agency for just under 19 years and was survived by his wife, son, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Policeman Earl L. Riddick
End of Watch: April 23, 1970
Biographical Info
Age: 29
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 23, 1970
Weapon Used: Handgun; .380 caliber
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Riddick was shot and killed when attempted to arrest a bank robber while off duty.

The robber entered the bank carrying a small black bag and went up to a teller and held her up with a .38 revolver. On his way out, he shot the uniformed guard standing by the door, in the chest without warning. The guard was unaware that a robbery had occurred.

Policeman Riddick, in civilian clothes, was in the bank cashing a check. He followed the robber out to the parking lot. The bandit was getting into a 1968 brown Pontiac Firebird. According to witnesses, Policeman Riddick ordered him out of the car with his hands up. The bandit turned and fired, hitting the officer. The officer fell to the pavement, but managed to fire his weapon and shot out the rear window of the bandits car.

The bandit was later shot by another officer when he fired at him. The bandit's gun was tied to other murders and he had been arrested 18 times for various offenses and had been paroled prior to killing Policeman Riddick.

Policeman Riddick was survived by his wife.

Policeman Charles E. Bogardus
End of Watch: April 5, 1959
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 3860
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 5, 1959
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bogardus was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Thomas J. Kennedy
End of Watch: April 5, 1951
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 4602
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: April 5, 1951
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Kennedy was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Frank G. Panek
End of Watch: April 14, 1947
Biographical Info
Age: 26
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 14, 1947
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Panek was shot and killed by multiple robbery suspects.

Policeman Paul Donath
End of Watch: April 28, 1932
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 28, 1932
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Donath was shot and killed while responding to a shooting.

Policeman Peter Muller
End of Watch: April 13, 1930
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 13, 1930
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Muller was shot and killed by a bootlegging suspect.

Policeman Lewis Long
End of Watch: April 18, 1929
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: April 18, 1929
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Long was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Ralph Miover
End of Watch: April 11, 1925
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: April 11, 1925
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Miover was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Detective Sergeant Roy L. Shy
End of Watch: April 8, 1922
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: April 8, 1922
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Sergeant Shy was killed in an accident while on duty.

Policeman David Brooks
End of Watch: April 8, 1910
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 8, 1910
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Brooks was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

May

Police Officer II George S. Nagata Jr.
End of Watch: May 3, 2014
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 22335
Incident Details
Last Assigned To: Central Area
Police Officer II Roberto C. Sanchez
End of Watch: May 3, 2014
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 39618
Incident Details
Last Assigned To: Harbor Area
Police Officer Steven K. Alberts
End of Watch: May 31, 1981
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 22154
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 31, 1981
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Alberts was killed in an automobile accident while on duty while assigned to the North Hollywood Division.

Commander Paul J. Gillen
End of Watch: May 29, 1974
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 6435
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: May 29, 1974
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Commander Gillen was killed in a police helicopter crash. He was the highest ranking member of his agency to be killed in the line of duty.

Police Officer Michael Lee Edwards
End of Watch: May 11, 1974
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 15444
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 10, 1974
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Case never solved

Officer Edwards was shot and killed execution style after being abducted by unknown assailants. He was last seen leaving the police academy on May 10, 1974. His handcuffed body was found the next day in an abandoned apartment building. The case was never solved and remains open with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Policeman Oscar J. Bryant
End of Watch: May 13, 1968
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12111
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 13, 1968
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bryant was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Roger R. Warren
End of Watch: May 8, 1967
Biographical Info
Age: 23
Badge Number: 13163
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 8, 1967
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Warren was shot and killed by a sniper while on duty. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

Policeman Sidney Riegel
End of Watch: May 6, 1961
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 4299
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 6, 1961
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Riegel was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Gilbert Reyes
End of Watch: May 4, 1959
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 5785
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 4, 1959
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Reyes was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Roland E. White
End of Watch: May 11, 1950
Biographical Info
Age: 26
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 5049
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 2, 1950
Weapon Used: Handgun; .45 caliber
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman White succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 9 days earlier after he and his partner responded to a breaking and entering call on East 110th Street. Upon arrival they were informed that a woman had come to the home, which belonged to her sister, to seek refuge for her and her two children from her drunk husband. The husband had followed her to the home and attempted to kick in the door, but left when he was unsuccessful.

The woman informed the officers that her husband was likely at a tavern at the intersection of 109th Street and Avalon Boulevard. The officers went to the location and located the man in a phone booth in the back of the tavern. They requested that he accompany them outside and he agreed to go. As they started to walk towards the door the man suddenly produced a .45 caliber handgun and ordered the officers to drop their weapons.

Policeman White attempted to lunge for the man but the suspect opened fire, striking him in the abdomen five times. One round also struck Policeman White's partner in the leg. The man fled as the bartender returned fire, using one of the officers' service weapons.

Policeman White's partner was able to crawl to his patrol car and radio for help. A massive manhunt located the man hiding in a service station a short time later. After a short standoff the man exited the service station and then fatally shot himself in the chest.

Policeman White had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

Detective Sergeant J. W. Milton
End of Watch: May 16, 1949
Biographical Info
Age: 50
Badge Number: 1364
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 16, 1949
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Sergeant Milton was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed individual.

Policeman Orley O. Sanner
End of Watch: May 26, 1940
Biographical Info
Age: 44
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Electrocuted
Date of Incident: May 26, 1940
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Sanner was accidentally electrocuted while on duty.

Lieutenant George C. Howard
End of Watch: May 22, 1938
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 22, 1938
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Lieutenant Howard was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed suspect.

Policeman Vern A. Brindley
End of Watch: May 10, 1930
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 10, 1930
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Brindley was shot and killed by a drunk driver while on a vice detail.

Policeman Arthur L. Davenport
End of Watch: May 16, 1926
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 16, 1926
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Davenport was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Donald C. Hathaway
End of Watch: May 24, 1920
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 24, 1920
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Hanged

Policeman Hathaway was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. He was driving to work when he observed the suspect robbing citizens on the roadside. He was shot when he stopped and exited his vehicle. The suspect was convicted and hanged at San Quentin Prison.

Policeman John G. Magness
End of Watch: May 21, 1920
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 21, 1920
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Magness was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman A. B. Cursey
End of Watch: May 25, 1911
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 25, 1911
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Cursey was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

June

Detective Abiel (Abe) Barron
End of Watch: June 25, 2003
Biographical Info
Age: 49
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: 24314
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 25, 2003
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Charged with manslaughter

Detective Barron was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle on California 138 in San Bernardino County.

Detective Barron and his partner were in the area while conducting an investigation. Another vehicle was attempting to pass a tractor trailer and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic at 1930 hours. Detective Barron was killed instantly and his partner was critically injured.

The driver of the vehicle that struck their car was also injured. He was arrested in the hospital and charged with manslaughter with gross negligence.
Detective Barron joined the LAPD in November of 1983.  After completing his training at the academy he was assigned to patrol assignments in Southeast and Newton Areas.  Abe Barron was promoted to Detective in June of 1995 and worked Detective Headquarters Division, Newton and Northeast Detectives.  He worked on various types of investigations before becoming a Homicide Detective.

Detective Barron had been with the Los Angeles Police Department for 19 years, and was assigned to the Northeast Division's unsolved murder squad. He is survived by his wife and 13-year-old daughter.

Police Officer Charles Randall Champe
End of Watch: June 13, 1991
Biographical Info
Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 20393
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: June 13, 1991
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Champe and Officer Gary Howe were killed when their police helicopter crashed into a parking lot and burst into flames. The helicopter's engine failed while the officers were on routine patrol.

Officer Champe had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Gary Alan Howe
End of Watch: June 13, 1991
Biographical Info
Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: 16805
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: June 13, 1991
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Howe and Officer Charles Champe were killed when their police helicopter crashed into a parking lot and burst into flames. The helicopter's engine failed while the officers were on routine patrol.

Officer Howe had been with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer James C. Beyea
End of Watch: June 7, 1988
Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: 25532
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 7, 1988
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Shot and killed

Officer Beyea was shot and killed by a suspect he was chasing. During the foot pursuit the suspect turned and shot him. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers several hours later.

Officer Beyea had served with the agency for 9 months. He was survived by his parents and sister.

Police Officer James H. Pagliotti
End of Watch: June 22, 1987
Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 23719
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 22, 1987
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Denied parole in 2005

Officer Pagliotti was shot and killed by a narcotics suspect while protecting his partner.

The suspect was denied parole in March 2005.

Officer Pagliotti had served with the agency for 5 years.

Police Officer Randol L. Marshall
End of Watch: June 2, 1987
Biographical Info
Age: 38
Badge Number: 14473
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motocycle accident
Date of Incident: June 2, 1987
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Marshall was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty. He was survived by his wife and two young daughters.

Police Officer Paul L. Verna
End of Watch: June 2, 1983
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Badge Number: 15086
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 2, 1983
Weapon Used: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect Information: Sentenced to death

Officer Verna was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a vehicle containing two armed robbery suspects. One of the suspects shot Officer Verna once, then passed the revolver to the second suspect, who shot him five more times. Both suspects were apprehended and sentenced to death.

Police Officer Jeffrey B. Lindenberg
End of Watch: June 11, 1976
Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 14388
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: June 11, 1976
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Lindenberg was killed when the Helicopter he was training in lost power and crashed while landing. Officer Lindenberg was flying in a Bell 47-G5 helicopter and was practicing simulated urban high-rise rooftop landings by at an off-site pad on top of a small mountain near the Los Angeles Zoo in the hills above Hollywood. On short final approach, the engine lost power and the helicopter impacted 4-inches short of the pad. The Helicopter rolled down the mountain side 162 feet, exploding in a ball of fire. Officer Lindenberg was killed and another officer was seriously injured.

Officer Lindenberg had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and seven-month old daughter.

Policeman Charles A. Caraccilo
End of Watch: June 21, 1973
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: 10285
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 21, 1973
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Caraccilo was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an auto theft suspect.

Policeman Caraccilo had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

Policeman Thomas Scebbi
End of Watch: June 20, 1958
Biographical Info
Age: 24
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 20, 1958
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Scebbi was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman John E. Dunphy
End of Watch: June 22, 1954
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Badge Number: 4350
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: June 22, 1954
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Dunphy was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman A. C. Madon
End of Watch: June 16, 1935
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: June 16, 1935
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Madon was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Detective Sergeant John Fitzgerald
End of Watch: June 18, 1921
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available
Policeman Elijah P. Bradley
End of Watch: June 15, 1920
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: June 15, 1920
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Bradley was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Cecil S. Bowman
End of Watch: June 8, 1911
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by train
Date of Incident: June 8, 1911
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bowman was killed when he was struck by a train.

July

Policeman John T. Lawler
End of Watch: July 9, 1973
Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: 10502
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: July 9, 1973
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Lawler was killed in a motorcycle accident on a local freeway.

He had been with the agency for 13 years and is survived by his wife, five children, and two stepchildren.

Policeman Robert J. Cote
End of Watch: July 31, 1969
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 13991
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 31, 1969
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Cote was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Charles Hallenbeck
End of Watch: July 26, 1962
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 10733
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: July 26, 1962
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Hallenbeck was killed when his cruiser was deliberately rammed by a suspect's vehicle during a high speed pursuit.

Policeman Joseph W. Bennett
End of Watch: July 26, 1958
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Badge Number: 7044
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 26, 1958
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bennett was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Glenn H. Clark
End of Watch: July 8, 1950
Biographical Info
Age: 28
Badge Number: 3277
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: July 8, 1950
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Clark was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman F. E. Stansell
End of Watch: July 11, 1941
Biographical Info
Age: 43
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 11, 1941
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Stansell was killed in an automobile accident while on duty. He was survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

Policeman Neville Batt
End of Watch: July 9, 1937
Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by train
Date of Incident: July 1, 1937
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Batt succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when his patrol car collided with a Santa Fe Railroad freight train near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Santa Fe

Policeman Batt had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and child.

Policeman Russell A. Leidy
End of Watch: July 24, 1934
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 24, 1934
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Leidy was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Sergeant Judson D. Cornwall
End of Watch: July 7, 1927
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 7, 1927
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Sergeant Cornwall was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman George E. Papst
End of Watch: July 27, 1924
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: July 27, 1924
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Papst was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

August

Police Officer Filbert Henry Cuesta Jr.
End of Watch: August 9, 1998
Biographical Info
Age: 26
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 30753
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 9, 1998
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Information: Sentenced to life

Officer Cuesta was shot and killed as he sat in his cruiser while waiting for backup units at a large party. Shots were fired on the officers from behind their vehicle and one bullet struck Officer Cuesta in the head. Officer Cuesta's partner was able to return fire. Several suspects were detained for questioning and in the ensuing investigation, a shooter was identified and later convicted and sentenced to life.

Officer Cuesta is survived by his wife and two young daughters, ages 18 months and 4 weeks.

Detective Edward Stefan Kislo
End of Watch: August 23, 1992
Biographical Info
Age: 50
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: 20625
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 23, 1992
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Kislo was shot and killed when he went to investigate a prowler call from a neighbor. He was shot five times as he entered the neighbor's backyard.

Detective Kislo had been with the agency for 18.5 years and is survived by his son, mother and sister.

Police Officer James J. Choquette
End of Watch: August 2, 1979
Biographical Info
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 14818
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: August 2, 1979
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Choquette was killed when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a drunk driver as he responded to the scene of a robbery call.

Officer Choquette had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Police Officer Raymond D. Hicks
End of Watch: August 17, 1976
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12035
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 17, 1976
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Hicks was shot and killed by a narcotics suspect.

Policeman Michael W. Parker
End of Watch: August 18, 1970
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 13031
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: August 18, 1970
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Parker was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Jerry W. Maddox
End of Watch: August 19, 1969
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 19, 1969
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Maddox was shot and killed when he was ambushed.

Policeman Alex N. Ilnicki
End of Watch: August 30, 1966
Biographical Info
Age: 46
Badge Number: 3490
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: August 30, 1966
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Ilnicki and Policeman Larry Amberg were killed when their police helicopter crashed.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Larry Amberg
End of Watch: August 30, 1966
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Badge Number: 10668
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: August 30, 1966
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Amberg and Policeman Alex Ilnicki were killed when their police helicopter crashed.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Malcomb Beatty
End of Watch: August 29, 1966
Biographical Info
Age: 23
Badge Number: 12613
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: August 22, 1966
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Policeman Beatty succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was involved in a crash during a vehicle pursuit. The car he and his partner were chasing attempted to ram the police car, causing it to crash. Policeman Beatty suffered severe injuries and died six days later. His partner was injured.

The suspect was arrested the following day.

Policeman Beatty was survived by his expectant wife and two young children.

Policeman Lloyd F. Hassler
End of Watch: August 24, 1952
Biographical Info
Age: 32
Badge Number: 3975
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle
Date of Incident: August 24, 1952
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Hassler was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Reserve Policeman G. B. Mogle
End of Watch: August 7, 1946
Biographical Info
Age: 44
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 31, 1946
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown
Suspect Information: Not available

Reserve Policeman Mogle was shot and killed by a prowler. He succumbed to his wounds one week after being shot.

Policeman George R. Colvin
End of Watch: August 18, 1941
Biographical Info
Age: 50
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: August 18, 1941
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Colvin was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Colvin had served with the agency for 16 years.

Policeman E. J. Bickel
End of Watch: August 30, 1937
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: August 30, 1937
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Bickel was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Wylie E. Smith
End of Watch: August 23, 1925
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 22, 1925
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Policeman Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while he and other officers attempted to arrest bank robbery suspects. A motorcycle officer had pursued the suspects until the men stopped the car and exited. The suspects opened fire on the motorcycle officer and other officers who were arriving on the scene. The motorcycle officer was wounded in the hip and Policeman Smith suffered a fatal shot to his chest.

One of the suspects was shot and killed, one was wounded and taken into custody, and two others escaped from the scene.

Policeman Frank E. Corley
End of Watch: August 24, 1924
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 24, 1924
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Policeman Corley was shot and killed by a gambling suspect while off duty. The suspect in Policeman Corley's murder was apprehended.

Policeman Edward E. Wilhoit
End of Watch: August 20, 1924
Biographical Info
Age: 36
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 20, 1924
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Policeman Wilhoit was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect carrying a concealed weapon. The suspect shot Policeman Wilhoit four times and then opened fire on witnesses, wounding two bystanders. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Policeman C. H. Wyatt
End of Watch: August 27, 1919
Biographical Info
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle
Date of Incident: August 27, 1919
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Wyatt was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

September

Police Officer III Spree Desha
End of Watch: September 12, 2008
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 35928
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Train accident
Date of Incident: September 12, 2008
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Spree Desha was killed in the collision of a MetroLink commuter train and a Union Pacific Railroad freight train.

Following practice for off duty officers riding on the train, Officer Desha was in uniform and in the first passenger car when the accident occurred.

She and 24 other passengers were killed in the collision. Over 180 other passengers were seriously injured. A deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was among those seriously injured in the collision, but assisted others to escape the wreckage until he collapsed.

Officer Desha had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 7 years. She is survived by her life partner and her parents.

Police Officer Robert Joe Mata
End of Watch: September 19, 2000
Biographical Info
Age: 26
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 32571
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 19, 2000
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Mata was killed in a single vehicle accident while he responded to backup another officer who was investigating a stolen vehicle.

During the response, Officer Mata lost control of his cruiser and struck a utility pole on the driver's side. Officer Mata's partner was injured in the accident and was freed by responding officers. Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to remove Officer Mata from the cruiser. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Mata had been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, a recent graduate of the police academy, and his two young children.

Police Officer Daniel Allen Pratt
End of Watch: September 3, 1988
Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 23800
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 3, 1988
Weapon Used: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect Information: Sentenced to life

Officer Pratt was shot and killed by gang members in a drive-by shooting. The shooter was sentenced to life in prison and the driver was sentenced to 25 years.

Officer Pratt had been with the agency for 6 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

Police Officer David B. Kubly
End of Watch: September 27, 1979
Biographical Info
Age: 23
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 22123
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 27, 1979
Weapon Used: Handgun; 9mm
Suspect Information: Convicted of murder

Officer Kubly was shot and killed by a robbery suspect following a short vehicle pursuit. Officer Kubly had attempted to stop the vehicle after observing it run a red light. The suspect led Officer Kubly on a pursuit which ended when the vehicle crashed into a business.

When the suspect emerged from the wreck he opened fire on Officer Kubly, striking him once in the chest. Officer Kubly was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect was apprehended 9 hours after the shooting. The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspect had stolen a car and had committed several other robberies earlier in the day. He was found guilty of murdering Officer Kubly and sent to prison.

Officer Kubly had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 18 months. He was survived by his wife, parents, and three sisters. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

Police Officer Vincent L. Leusch
End of Watch: September 22, 1975
Biographical Info
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 16208
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: September 22, 1975
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Information: Arrested

On September 22, 1975, Policeman Vincent L. Leusch, Serial No. 16208, Southwest Division, a five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, (LAPD) died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Several days earlier, Officer Leusch responded to assist other LAPD Officers involved in a pursuit. As told by a reporter in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, "the high speed …wild bullet-punctuated chase" proceeded through the streets of Los Angeles for eight miles and ended in Inglewood.

Numerous police and motorcycle officers responded to the pursuit while the suspects drove wildly and without regard to public safety. During the pursuit, the suspects sideswiped two private and at least two other police vehicles causing injuries LAPD Officers.
An officer in the police vehicle that initiated the pursuit stated that he fired several shotgun blasts at the stolen vehicle, hitting it numerous times. However the suspects were not injured and they continued to flee.

Officer Leusch’s vehicle approached the stolen vehicle from the opposite direction. Leusch stopped his patrol car and positioned himself with a shotgun behind the open door of the car. The speeding, stolen vehicle rammed the patrol car hurling Leusch 40 feet away. Shortly after police stopped the vehicle in Inglewood where the 15 and 16 year old juvenile suspects were arrested.

Officer Leusch was transported to Daniel Freeman Hospital and underwent surgery. He lost a leg and was paralyzed from the neck down. Ten days after sustaining these severe injuries, Officer Leusch died. With his life, Officer Leusch paid the ultimate sacrifice and answered the highest call of duty.

Policeman Martin Parker
End of Watch: September 14, 1961
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 6935
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 14, 1961
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Parker was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Harry M. Miller
End of Watch: September 7, 1956
Biographical Info
Age: 36
Badge Number: 4227
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 7, 1956
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Miller was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Chester M. Gildehaus
End of Watch: September 30, 1951
Biographical Info
Age: 35
Badge Number: 4230
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 30, 1951
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Gildehaus was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman J. E. Daniels
End of Watch: September 24, 1941
Biographical Info
Age: 39
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 24, 1941
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Daniels was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman William G. Brown
End of Watch: September 13, 1939
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 13, 1939
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Brown was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Weymouth T. Lockridge
End of Watch: September 9, 1938
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 9, 1938
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Lockridge was killed in an accident while on duty.

Policeman John M. Brinnegar
End of Watch: September 29, 1928
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 29, 1928
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Brinnegar was shot and killed by a bootlegging suspect.

Policeman Andrew J. Davilla
End of Watch: September 10, 1926
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 10, 1926
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Davilla was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Joseph Romero
End of Watch: September 22, 1919
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 22, 1919
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Romero was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman James A. Ellsworth
End of Watch: September 4, 1917
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 4, 1917
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Ellsworth was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Robert V. Murray
End of Watch: September 23, 1914
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 23, 1914
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Murray was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Captain W. H. Auble
End of Watch: September 9, 1908
Biographical Info
Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 21 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 9, 1908
Weapon Used: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect Information: Not available

Captain Auble was shot and killed by a burglary suspect.

Captain Auble and another detective had been called to a residence by a landlord because of suspicious activity by the two men residing there. The officers were able to peek in and observe the occupants and hear enough conversation to convince them of their intentions. The two suspects then left and the landlord allowed them entrance to the room where a lot of evidence indicated they were committing crimes and were planning more.

The next day they went to arrest the men and were informed they had left. They later encountered them riding in a car and got the car stopped and attempted to apprehend them. Both fled, one was taken down and the other pulled a revolver and shot Captain Auble in the throat. A struggle ensued and the suspect was shot in the arm and then shot Captain Auble twice more before both suspects fled.

Captain Auble was taken to the city prison hospital where they operated on him before he passed away.

Captain Auble was survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.

October

Police Officer II Joshua James Cullins
End of Watch: October 19, 2010
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 39542
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Not available
Last Assigned To: Central Area
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Killed during Military Deployment in Afghanistan.

Police Officer II Landon Michael Dorris
End of Watch: October 22, 2006
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 19451
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: October 22, 2006
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Landon Dorris was struck by the driver of a vehicle while conducting a traffic accident investigation at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Hyperion Avenue at 1:25 am.

He was seriously injured and taken to University of Southern California Medical Center, where he died several hours later.

Officer Dorris had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 3 and a half years and had previously served for 6 years with the California Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife, two children, mother, and two sisters.

Police Officer Charles Dean Heim
End of Watch: October 21, 1994
Biographical Info
Age: 33
Badge Number: 24265
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 21, 1994
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Heim succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while participating in a narcotics investigation.

Officer Heim is survived by his wife and sons.

Police Officer Raymond Alfred Messerly Jr.
End of Watch: October 22, 1992
Biographical Info
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: 22940
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: October 22, 1992
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Messerly was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.

Officer Messerly had been with the agency for over 11 years and is survived by his wife and six children.

Detective Russell Lee Kuster
End of Watch: October 9, 1990
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12884
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 9, 1990
Weapon Used: Handgun; 9mm
Suspect Information: Shot and killed

Detective Kuster was shot and killed as he attempted to stop a man who was waving a handgun in a restaurant. The suspect had gotten into an argument wit the owner and left. The suspect re-entered the bar with a 9 mm handgun and started waving it in the air. Detective Kuster, who was off duty and in the restaurant, tried to talk the man into putting the gun down, but the man instead opened fire, striking him in the chest and knees. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Kuster was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Detective Kuster had been with the agency for 24.5 years and was survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.

Detective Thomas C. Williams
End of Watch: October 31, 1985
Biographical Info
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: 80
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 31, 1985
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Sentenced to death

Detective Thomas Williams was ambushed and assassinated in order to prevent him from testifying in an upcoming robbery trial.

The incident occurred in front of his son at his son's school. The shooter was sentenced to death, and two conspirators were sentenced to life without parole plus 25 years to life.

Detective Williams was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor for the actions taken by him to protect his son during the incident. He had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years, and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Police Officer William N. Wong
End of Watch: October 29, 1983
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 22205
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: October 29, 1983
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Information: Still at large

Officer Wong and Officer Arthur Soo Hoo were killed when their police car was struck by a vehicle driven at approximately 85 mph. The occupants in the vehicle were fleeing from a drug deal gone bad. The vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of North Broadway and College Streets and struck the patrol car the officers were in.

Both suspects fled to Mexico where they were arrested by Mexican authorities but released because of the violent drug cartel to which they belonged. The suspects remain at large.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Arthur Ken Soo Hoo
End of Watch: October 29, 1983
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 21730
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: October 29, 1983
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Information: At large

Officer Soo Hoo and Officer William Wong were killed when their police car was struck by a vehicle driven at approximately 85 mph. The occupants in the vehicle were fleeing from a drug deal gone bad. The vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of North Broadway and College Streets and struck the patrol car the officers were in.

Both suspects fled to Mexico where they were arrested by Mexican authorities but released because of the violent drug cartel to which they belonged. The suspects remain at large.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Jack V. Evans
End of Watch: October 5, 1983
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12023
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle
Date of Incident: October 5, 1983
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Evans was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Police Officer Jack Hayden
End of Watch: October 10, 1982
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 13383
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 10, 1982
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Hayden was shot and killed by a suicidal neighbor while he was off duty. Officer Hayden was attempting to assist the neighbor when he was shot.

Police Officer David Earle Bailey
End of Watch: October 21, 1977
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 21939
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 21, 1977
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Bailey was shot and killed by a possible automobile thief.

Policeman Phillip J. Riley
End of Watch: October 25, 1971
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 14745
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 25, 1971
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Riley was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an auto theft suspect.

Policeman Keith Gregory Dupuis
End of Watch: October 27, 1966
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 10657
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 27, 1966
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Dupuis was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Gary K. McDonald
End of Watch: October 6, 1965
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 12151
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 6, 1965
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman McDonald was shot and killed by a robbery suspect at a shots fired call. The suspect had gained control of Policeman McDonald's partner's handgun and shot him.

Policeman McDonald had served with the agency for less than 1 year.

Detective Sergeant Gene Tilford Nash
End of Watch: October 20, 1958
Biographical Info
Age: 32
Badge Number: 5771
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 20, 1958
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Sergeant Nash was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Robert R. Christensen
End of Watch: October 14, 1957
Biographical Info
Age: 38
Badge Number: 3890
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 14, 1957
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Christensen was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman J. B. Vose
End of Watch: October 21, 1950
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Badge Number: 5043
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motocycle accident
Date of Incident: October 21, 1950
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Vose was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Frederick S. Wales
End of Watch: October 7, 1947
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: October 7, 1947
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Frederick Wales was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Isaac L. Lankford
End of Watch: October 14, 1945
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: October 14, 1945
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Lankford was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Owen D. Yancey
End of Watch: October 20, 1935
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 20, 1935
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Yancey was shot and killed by a woman who mistook him for a prowler. Policeman Yancey had responded to a disturbance call near the home and was searching the area when the occupant

Policeman Yancey was survived by his wife and two sons.

Policeman W. Anderson
End of Watch: October 24, 1933
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: October 24, 1933
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Anderson was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Sergeant John Francis Toolen
End of Watch: October 19, 1915
Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 19, 1915
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Sergeant Toolen was shot and killed while he and another officer were attempting to arrest an auto theft suspect. They had received information about the suspect's location and then went to the man's home to arrest him. As the officers spoke with the suspect's mother the man came down the stairs and opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Sergeant Toolen. The suspect fled but was apprehended a few days later.

Sergeant Toolen had been with the agency for nine years.

November

Police Officer Brian Ernest Fenimore Brown
End of Watch: November 29, 1998
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 32054
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 29, 1998
Weapon Used: Rifle; Semi-automatic
Suspect Information: Shot and killed

Officer Brown was shot and killed during a gunfight after witnessing a drive-by shooting. Officer Brown and his partner witnessed the shooting, in which one person was killed, and began to chase the suspects. The suspects opened fire on the two officers, striking Officer Brown in the head and grazing his partner.

One suspect was shot and killed and the other carjacked another vehicle, prompting another chase. The second chase ended when the suspect crashed at Los Angeles International Airport and was shot and wounded during another exchange of gunfire. The second suspect was convicted and sentenced to life.

Officer Brown had been with the department for four years and is survived by his 7-year-old son.

Police Officer Gabriel Delgado Perez-Negron
End of Watch: November 4, 1995
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 31314
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: November 4, 1995
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Killed in accident

Officer Perez-Negron was killed when a speeding car ran a red light and broadsided his patrol car. The driver of the other car was also killed.

Officer Perez-Negron is survived by his mother and five brothers.

Police Officer Charles R. Rogers
End of Watch: November 26, 1980
Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: November 26, 1980
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Rogers suffered a fatal heart attack while in court for a case. He had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife, daughter, and four sons.

Detective Gerald Wayne Sawyer
End of Watch: November 6, 1973
Biographical Info
Age: 32
Badge Number: 11797
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 6, 1973
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Detective Sawyer was shot and killed while working in a joint undercover investigation with the DEA. Detective Sawyer was shot by a cocaine trafficker during an attempted robbery of a $144,000 flashroll.

Detective Sawyer was survived by his wife and two children.

Policeman Norman D. Piepenbrink
End of Watch: November 30, 1964
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 6090
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: November 30, 1964
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Piepenbrink was killed in a police helicopter accident.

Policeman Leroy J. Wadsworth
End of Watch: November 30, 1961
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 5976
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: November 30, 1961
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Wadsworth was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman E. A. Barber
End of Watch: November 9, 1936
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by train
Date of Incident: November 9, 1936
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Barber was killed when he was struck by a train.

Policeman Vernon Oliver Dinsmore
End of Watch: November 4, 1922
Biographical Info
Age: 25
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 4, 1922
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Executed 1926

Policeman Dinsmore was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed suspect who he had caught stealing milk bottles from doorsteps in the early morning hours.

The suspect was apprehended after murdering Policeman Dinsmore and was sentenced to death. He was hung at San Quentin Prison on September 10, 1926.

Policeman O. E. Barney
End of Watch: November 21, 1917
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Fire
Date of Incident: November 21, 1917
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Barney was killed in a fire while on duty.

Policeman Charles E. Johnson
End of Watch: November 13, 1917
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: November 13, 1917
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Johnson was succumbed to injuries received in a fall in the police station.

Policeman J. E. Browning
End of Watch: November 29, 1915
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 29, 1915
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Browning was shot and killed by an extortion suspect he was attempting to arrest.

Policeman James P. Wylie
End of Watch: November 27, 1911
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile
Date of Incident: November 27, 1911
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Wylie was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Policeman Patrick H. Lyons
End of Watch: November 30, 1907
Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 30, 1907
Weapon Used: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect Information: Captured

Policeman Lyons was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Lyons was shot and killed about 11:05 pm by a highwayman who, with his partner, held up and robbed the Magnolia Winery at No. 1404 Central Ave. Ten minutes earlier, the same men had held up a grocery store at Twelfth Street and Tennessee.

In less than two hours the man who did the shooting was captured and identified.

Policeman Lyons had been a regular member of the police force since August 20, 1907, but before that he served as a special patrolman for some time. He was therefore not inexperienced.

December

Police Officer Kevin Arthur Congo
End of Watch: December 30, 2005
Biographical Info
Age: 40
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Cancer
Date of Incident: December 30, 2005
Suspect Information: Not available

Kevin Arthur Congo was born on October 4, 1965 in Arcadia, California to Lois and Pete Congo.
Entering the Los Angeles Police Academy, these traits served him well. Though the youngest recruit in his class he was elected president of the Class of 1988. Kevin served proudly under Chiefs Daryl F. Gates, Willie L. Williams, Bernard Parks and William J. Bratton. In 2005, Chief and Mrs. Bratton made a personal donation to Our Lady of the Angeles Catholic Church for a Mass in Kevin’s name.
During his LAPD career Kevin continued in sports, playing baseball for the LAPD and in the Los Angeles Municipal Baseball league with brothers-in-law Alfonso and Robert Mata. While at LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division, he participated in the famous “Baker to Vegas” run. As his playing days came to a close Kevin started coaching. He donated an unbelievable amount of time and effort to the baseball and football programs in the city of Fontana, California, where he made his home with wife Leticia, son Arthur and daughter Dulce.
Kevin truly enjoyed his LAPD career and coaching but his greatest love was for family and friends. It was always his home that was the center for special occasions or just a weekend to play or watch sports with his family. His flare for cooking was enjoyed by all. Often he would prepare dishes for co-workers, even the nurses and doctors at City of Hope were treated to his cuisine. Often times he would invite friends and prepare a gourmet meal and don chef grab for ambiance. He loved sharing with family and friends.

To honor and keep his spirit alive, on the first anniversary of his passing, The Congo Foundation was started. Golf was one of Kevin’s passions and a perfect vehicle to raise funds. It was decided the tournament would be an annual event held in October as close to his birth date of October 4. Luckily the 1st Annual Kevin Arthur Congo Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday October 4, 2007 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California. With help from family, friends & volunteers the tournament was a tremendous success!

Police Officer George A. Rose Jr.
End of Watch: December 9, 2001
Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 26827
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: January 4, 1992
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer George Rose succumbed to a gunshot wound received nine years earlier after being accidentally shot by a fellow officer.

Officer Rose was walking to his police car in the department parking lot when a woman came to the department seeking protection from her abusive husband. The husband followed the woman and opened fire on everyone in the parking lot. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Rose was found next to his patrol car a short time later. He had been struck in the head by a stray bullet which was later determined to have been fired by another officer.

Officer Rose never recovered and remained under doctor's care at a rehabilitation center for the next nine years until his death.

Officer Rose had been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for three years at the time of the shooting. He is survived by his wife.

Police Officer Mario Navidad Jr.
End of Watch: December 22, 1996
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 1 years
Badge Number: 31588
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 22, 1996
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Information: Shot and killed by another officer

Officer Navidad was shot and killed after he and his partner were flagged down by a 7-11 clerk who told them a man had just stolen a 12 pack of beer. The two officers spotted the man in an alley and as they approached him he pulled out a gun and shot at them while they were still in their patrol car, striking Officer Navidad. His partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer Navidad is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer David Charles Schmid
End of Watch: December 16, 1992
Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 24558
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: December 16, 1992
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Schmid was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car.

Officer Schmid had been in law enforcement for over eight years and was survived by his expectant wife and parents.

Detective Kelly Key III
End of Watch: December 27, 1989
Biographical Info
Age: 49
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 11755
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Apprehended

Detective Key succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on June 1, 1970, while serving a search warrant on a narcotics suspect. The suspect was shot and wounded by other officers and taken into custody.

Detective Key had served with the agency for 9 years at the time of the shooting. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, sister and brother.

Police Officer Derrick Christopher Connor
End of Watch: December 12, 1988
Biographical Info
Age: 28
Badge Number: 25472
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: December 12, 1988
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Connor, Officer Manuel Gutierrez, and Officer David Hofmeyer were killed in an automobile accident while responding to back up other officers who made an officer needs assistance call. The officers needing assistance were detectives making an auto-theft related arrest in downton Los Angeles.

Officer Connor was survived by his parents, son, brother and three sisters.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer David Lee Hofmeyer
End of Watch: December 12, 1988
Biographical Info
Age: 25
Badge Number: 24984
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: December 12, 1988
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Hofmeyer, Officer Manuel Gutierrez, and Officer Derrick Connor were killed in an automobile accident while responding to back up other officers who made an officer needs assistance call. The officers needing assistance were detectives making an auto-theft related arrest in downtown Los Angeles.

Officer Hofmeyer is survived by his expectant wife. His daughter was born in March 1989.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Manuel Gutierrez
End of Watch: December 12, 1988
Biographical Info
Age: 26
Badge Number: 24654
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: December 12, 1988
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Gutierrez, Officer David Hofmeyer, and Officer Derrick Connor were killed in an automobile accident while responding to back up other officers who made an officer needs assistance call. The officers needing assistance were detectives making an auto-theft related arrest in downton Los Angeles.

Officer Gutierrez was survived by his parents.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Duane Curtis Johnson
End of Watch: December 19, 1984
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 23431
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 19, 1984
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Sentenced to life

Officer Johnson was shot and killed by a robbery suspect in Chinatown at 1400 hours. Officer Johnson and his partner had responded to the store and were let in by one of the suspects who was posing as a store employee. When the two officers entered a shootout ensued and Officer Johnson was killed and his partner was wounded. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Johnson had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

Policeman Richard D. Kent
End of Watch: December 8, 1960
Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 7169
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 8, 1960
Weapon Used: Handgun; .380 calibur
Suspect Information: Convicted

Policeman Kent was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Kent was going in to the Lucky Auto Parts store on 86th Street and Broadway, he knew the manager in there and he would get some batteries for his flashlight and be right back out when he walked into an armed robbery in progress. A gun battle with the robber ensued and Policeman Kent wounded the robber before passing away. His partner, in the car outside, was responding to the gunshots when he encountered the robber. He chased him and captured him and his getaway driver.

The shooter was sentenced to death, but later paroled. The driver was sentenced to life.

Policeman Kent was a veteran of the Korean War.

Policeman Robert Sweet
End of Watch: December 26, 1959
Biographical Info
Badge Number: 7488
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: December 26, 1959
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Sweet was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman Delmer E. Cook
End of Watch: December 6, 1948
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 6, 1948
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Cook was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed person.

John Naccarato Jr. John Naccarato Jr.
End of Watch: December 5, 1947
Biographical Info
Age: 25
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 5, 1947
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Naccarato was shot and killed while arresting a burglar.

Policeman Mario V. Deiro
End of Watch: December 31, 1942
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 31, 1942
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Deiro was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman W. G. Chamberlain
End of Watch: December 25, 1941
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: December 25, 1941
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Officer Chamberlain was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Detective Lieutenant Paul T. Lee
End of Watch: December 20, 1932
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 20, 1932
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Lieutenant Lee was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman M. McDonagh
End of Watch: December 16, 1923
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: December 16, 1923
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman McDonagh was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

Policeman William L. Brett
End of Watch: December 6, 1921
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 6, 1921
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Brett and Policeman Harry Clester were shot and killed while transporting six subjects to the police station. The two officers had stopped a car containing the six men and decided to take them to the station for further questioning. One officer drove the suspects' car while the other officer followed behind them. During the drive the suspects shot the officer driving their car. When the other officer stopped the police car to see what happened he was shot too.

Five suspects were apprehended 12 days later and the sixth committed suicide after being tracked to the desert and surrounded. Two of the suspects that were apprehended were hung at San Quentin Prison on April 21, 1924.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Harry Clester
End of Watch: December 6, 1921
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 6, 1921
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Executed in 1924

Policeman Clester and Policeman W. Brett were shot and killed while transporting six subjects to the police station. The two officers had stopped a car containing the six men and decided to take them to the station for further questioning. One officer drove the suspects' car while the other officer followed behind them. During the drive the suspects shot the officer driving their car. When the other officer stopped the police car to see what happened he was shot too.

Five suspects were apprehended 12 days later and the sixth committed suicide after being tracked to the desert and surrounded. Two of the suspects that were apprehended were hung at San Quentin Prison on April 21, 1924.
Related Line of Duty Deaths

Policeman Thomas J. Kronschnable
End of Watch: December 15, 1916
Biographical Info
Age: 37
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 15, 1916
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Sentenced to Life

Policeman Kronschnable was shot and killed while attempting to stop a speeding car. Policeman Kronschnable and another officer were sitting on their motorcycles when he observed the car speed by. Unbeknownst to Policeman Kronschnable the occupants had been involved in several felonies. As Policeman Kronschnable pulled alongside the car to tell the driver to stop a shot was fired from the vehicle and struck Policeman Kronschnable.

The shooter fled to Mexico and was later apprehended in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for another murder. They tried to extradite him to California after the Pennsylvania authorities extracted a confession from him. After serving 20 years for the second murder, he was arrested 30 seconds after being freed from prison and finally extradited to California. He was tried and convicted for the murder of Policeman Kronschnable. The District Attorney asked for the death penalty, but he was sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Kronschnable was survived by his wife and a baby daughter.

Policeman Floyd C. Eiler
End of Watch: December 25, 1911
Biographical Info
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 25, 1911
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Information: Not available

Policeman Eiler was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

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