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Reserve Deputy Sheriff Bryce N. Patton | Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Bryce N. Patton

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Friday, August 19, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1961

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Deputy Sheriff Bryce Patton was shot and killed while manning a roadblock. Deputies were attempting to apprehend three suspects who had robbed a store of $150.

His killer was executed at San Quentin Prison on October 18th, 1961.

Deputy Patton was survived by his two children.

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When I was a nine year old boy, moving to Ventura from a life of relocating (Chicago, Huston, Tulsa, Durango, Farmington, and many more, my father left my life. I was lucky enough to join the BoyScouts, even though I was too young, because Bryce took me and my older brother into his care.

He promoted me to a rank in the troop so that I was able to go on camping trips, took my brother to the first Cinerama film in Los Angeles, and did so many things to make me understand that a man appreciated our family.

Of course I remember when he was killed, and always note the locations when I drive past the murder site on Hwy 33 and the site where the thefts occurred on the 101 and 150.

When he was killed, it was August, and in Ventura, that is the perpetual summer, with blue skies and warm weather every day. However, after his death, it was foggy, drizzly, and cold for some time. Unknown in Ventura!

I still have the wonderful antique hall table he gave my mother when I was 9, since we didn't have one.

I have never met such a wonderful human since then.

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March 9, 2016

 

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