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  • A "Howdy ya'll" from the Lone Star State.

    I am hoping can assist me in locating an unsolved murder case of a police officer that occurred sometime back in the 1960s. This is the information I have:

    - The officer was sitting in a patrol car, parked in front of a park, in broad daylight.
    - Someone walks up to the driver's side window of the patrol car and shoots the officer point-blank behind the left ear.
    - A white male, 40-50 yoa, brown hair, blue eyes, who walks with a limp in his gait, then approaches the patrol car and steals the fallen officer's .38 cal service revolver.
    - The shooter may be the same person who stole the officer's service weapon.
    - A newspaper (unknown name/unknown date) featured the story of the fallen officer, including a photo of the patrol car. It appeared to be a solid color, possibly white, with a star on the door.
    - The murder of the police officer may have taken place in Texas.
    - The man who stole the officer's weapon was an Orange County, California resident.
    - The officer's service revolver was last seen in 1969, in Orange County, California, in possession of the man who stole it from the fallen officer.

    Does anyone remember or know of such a case? I have been searching through the ODMP site with no luck. Any help in locating the identity of this fallen officer/police agency would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by back2good; 11-05-2009, 08:51 AM. Reason: For conciseness.

  • #2
    Welcome to the Forum and I hope that you get the answer you need here. If I think of anything relevant, I'll send it your way.
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    • #3
      Thanks, slamdunk.

      The man who stole the gun confessed his involvement to his daughter "with a smirk on his face," back in 1969. He died in 1983. I found out about this case in August 2009. SFPD is currently working with the daughter concerning a murder this man may have committed in their jurisdiction, also in 1969. The daughter believes her father not only stole the gun from the fallen officer, but was actually the one who pulled the trigger.

      I'd like nothing more than to be able to bring some closure to the officer's remaining family and friends.


      • #4
        welcome to the forum! (from a fellow texan)

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        • #5
          back2good, I did a little searching on the internet and found the following lead that you need to investigate further by contacting the department in question:

          On April 20, 1961, San Leandro California Patrolman Frederick Raymond Haller was shot and killed while on patrol. An unknown assailant shot him seven times as he sat at the wheel of his patrol car.
          Patrolman Haller had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and two children.

          Please keep us posted.
          Last edited by BAinCJ; 12-19-2009, 07:04 PM. Reason: added survivor information
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