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San Diego Police Department

IN THE LINE OF DUTY

San Diego Police Department

San Diego Police Department

Officer Emery E. Campbell
End of Watch: August 27, 1913
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Campbell was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local bar. Upon his arrival he observed the suspect standing on the street corner. He approached the suspect from behind touched his shoulder. The man suddenly swung around and shot Officer Campbell three times in the face and neck. Bleeding heavily, hewas able to knock the suspect to the ground and hold him there until other officers arrived and arrested him. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries within an hour.

 

Sergeant Oliver S. Hopkins
End of Watch: July 2, 1915
San Diego Police Department

imageSergeant Hopkins was killed when his police motorcycle was intentionally struck by a suspect in a pickup truck. Upon being hit his motorcycle got stuck under the truck and he was dragged more than a block. He succumbed to injuries while in surgery three hours later. The suspect was later arrested by the chief of police and subsequently sentenced to two years.

Sergeant Hopkins had been promoted to sergeant the previous day and requested he stay on motorcycle patrol. He had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife, children, and parents.

Patrolman Walter B. Holcomb
End of Watch: October 21, 1918
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Holcomb died as a result of contracting Spanish influenza. At the time he contracted the disease he was transporting a flu victim to the hospital. The virus was part of a worldwide epidemic at the time.

 

Officer Joseph S. Lee
End of Watch: March 19, 1921
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Lee was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a speeding motorist. As Officer Lee entered an intersection an oil truck pulled out in front of him. The impact caused Officer Lee to be thrown from the motorcycle into a light pole, killing him instantly. Lee had been with the San Diego Police Department for four years.

Detective Charles R. Harris
End of Watch: April 3, 1927
San Diego Police Department

imageDetective Harris was killed when he and his partner were ambushed by a hidden gunman. Detective Harris returned fire as the suspect ran away but did not hit him. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Officer Robert Lee Powers
End of Watch: June 16, 1928
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Powers was killed when his police motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road. The impact of the accident caused Officer Powers to be thrown over his handlebars and through the vehicle’s windshield. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Patrolman Robert B. McPherson
End of Watch: September 19, 1929
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman McPherson was killed after being assaulted while on jail duty. He was attempting to break up a fight between two inmates. As he entered the cell one of the inmates grabbed Patrolman McPherson’s nightstick and began beating him over the head with it. Other officers were able to subdue the prisoner. Patrolman McPherson was transported to a local hospital with serious head injuries. The next day he left the hospital without permission but was later found walking around dazed and confused. He was returned to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

 

Patrolman Edward J. Moore
End of Watch: January 15, 1933
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Edward J. Moore Jr. was shot and killed on Jan. 15, while arresting a robbery suspect. He had just gotten off duty and was still in uniform when he spotted the suspect. He patted him down and confiscated a .32 caliber handgun. As he was handcuffing the man, the suspect grabbed the gun and shot him in the chest several times. Moore was able to chase the suspect for about a block before collapsing. Other officers responding to the scene arrested the suspect. Moore was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries eight days later after contracting pneumonia.

 

Patrolman Thomas A. Keays
End of Watch: November 20, 1937
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Keays died of exhaustion shortly after pulling a mangled body from underneath a streetcar in the downtown area. He had been with San Diego Police Department for 16 years.

 

Officer Henry J. Goodrich
End of Watch: September 7, 1940
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Goodrich was killed instantly when his police motorcycle struck a vehicle making an illegal U-turn.

 

Patrolman Robert F. Bowers
End of Watch: December 12, 1955
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Bowers was killed in an automobile accident while in a high-speed pursuit of a motorcycle. Upon entering an intersection his cruiser struck a pickup truck and was spun around, ejecting him.

 

Sergeant Harry Kay Jr.
End of Watch: March 11, 1957
San Diego Police Department

imageSergeant Kay was killed when he was involved in an accident while pursuing another vehicle. Sergeant Kay’s patrol car flipped several times, killing him instantly.

 

Patrolman Michael J. Bushman
End of Watch: November 25, 1963
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Michael Bushman was killed in a single vehicle crash when his cruiser rolled over several times.  It is not known what caused the accident.

 

Sergeant Robert L. Everitt
End of Watch: December 7, 1964
San Diego Police Department

imageSergeant Everitt was killed when he was struck by an out-of-control pickup truck while he was directing traffic at the scene of a minor accident.

 

Patrolman James P. Lewis
End of Watch: December 29, 1970
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Lewis was shot and killed while off duty. He and two other officers had gone to a bar when they noticed several individuals giving the doorman a hard time. Patrolman Lewis identified himself as an officer and escorted the men to their car to get identification. Instead, one of the men produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Lewis.

 

Sergeant Freddie Joel Edwards
End of Watch: October 7, 1971
San Diego Police Department

imageSergeant Edwards was shot and killed when he approached a suspicious man behind a convenience store. The man had just committed an armed robbery of the store moments before.

 

Patrolman Denis W. Allen
End of Watch: April 2, 1977
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Allen was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a disturbance call. When they arrived they discovered a man was attempting to flood his apartment by clogging up the sinks and he was stabbing a block of ice with a knife. When the man saw the officers he advanced towards them with the knife, but dropped it when both officers drew their weapons. As Patrolman Allen approached the suspect he suddenly pulled out a concealed handgun and shot him in the chest. Both officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Patrolman Allen succumbed to his injuries within minutes. The suspect had been released from jail that morning after serving time for attempted murder of a police officer.

 

Patrolman Archie C. Buggs
End of Watch: November 4, 1978
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Buggs was shot and killed after he made a traffic stop on two gang members.

 

Patrolman Michael T. Anaya
End of Watch: April 11, 1979
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Anaya was shot and killed after a man high on PCP gained control of his weapon. Patrolman Anaya had responded to a call of a man attacking his family with a knife. During a struggle the suspect gained control of Patrolman Anaya’s weapon and shot him. He then shot and killed himself. Patrolman Anaya was paralyzed from the neck down until he succumbed to his injuries three weeks later.

 

Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales
End of Watch: June 25, 1979
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Gonzales was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while making a traffic stop on a freeway.

 

Patrolman Harry Keith Tiffany
End of Watch: June 6, 1981
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Tiffany and Patrolman Ronald Ebeltoft were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush. During the dispute one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect’s home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing both officers.

 

Patrolman Ronald R. Ebeltoft
End of Watch: June 6, 1981
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Tiffany and Patrolman Ebeltoft were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush. During the dispute one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect’s home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing both officers.

 

Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson
End of Watch: February 20, 1983
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Johnson was shot and killed by a 17-year-old boy who had stolen his father’s sheriff’s uniform and marked patrol car. When Patrolman Johnson pulled up to next to what he thought was a uniformed deputy the suspect opened fire, killing him. The case remained unsolved for over a month before a witness came forward and identified the suspect. The suspect was subsequently convicted of second degree murder.

Patrolman Timothy J. Ruopp
End of Watch: September 16, 1984
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Ruopp and Officer Kimberly Tonahill were shot and killed by an armed suspect at the Grape Street Park.

 

Officer Kimberly Sue Tonahill
End of Watch: September 14, 1984
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Ruopp and Officer Kimberly Tonahill were shot and killed by an armed suspect at the Grape Street Park.

 

Agent Thomas E. Riggs
End of Watch: March 31, 1985
San Diego Police Department

imageAgent Riggs was shot and killed by a combative suspect who had gained control of another officer’s handgun. The suspect shot and paralyzed the other officer before shooting Agent Riggs in the stomach, severing an artery. He then shot a civilian ride along before stealing one of the police cars and running over the second officer.

Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless
End of Watch: January 31, 1988
San Diego Police Department

imagePatrolman Hartless was shot and killed while in a foot pursuit of a gang member. His partner found him face down in the street and he was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for 22 days. The gunman in the shooting was never identified and the case remains unsolved.

Patrolman Hartless had been with the agency only nine months.

Officer Ronald Wayne Davis
End of Watch: September 17, 1991
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Davis was shot and killed when he and his partner were responding to a domestic violence call. As Officer Davis exited his cruiser the suspect exited his car and shot at him over the roof of the vehicle, striking him in the upper torso several times.

Officer Gerald Griffin Jr.
End of Watch: April 15, 2003
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Griffin died of injuries he received ten days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle, while conducting a radar speed check on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. Officer Griffin had been with the San Diego Police Department for 17 years, and was assigned to the Traffic Division. He is survived by his daughter, parents, and two sisters.

Officer Terry William Bennett
End of Watch: June 26, 2003
San Diego Police Department

imageOfficer Terry Bennett was killed when his police motorcycle was intentionally rammed during a vehicle pursuit. Officer Bennett had been employed with the San Diego Police Department for 13 years, and is survived by his wife and two young children.