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Officer Leslie J. Prince | Huntington Beach Police Department, California Huntington Beach Police Department, California

Officer

Leslie J. Prince

Huntington Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 1, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 106

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 11/16/1974

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Officer Leslie Prince struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue.

He and other officers had been called to the scene due to a power failure which had caused the lights to malfunction. A speeding truck being driven by a drunk driver entered the intersection against the direction of another officer. The truck struck Officer Prince, causing severe injuries which he succumbed to later that night.

Officer Prince had served with the Huntington Beach Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, infant child, and parents.

In 1979 a city park was named after Officer Prince.

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To the family of Officer Prince: My name is Tom Schultz, my Father had just retired from the Santa Ana PD in August 1974. I was 19 years old and wanted to become an Officer. The night Les was hit I was inside the gas station at Beach&Adams, an Exxon at the time, visiting my cousin the owner of the station. My Brother Bob saw it happen from the front office window and we all ran to assist Officer Prince. We tried to comfort Les and let him know that we were there for him! There was not a dry eye in the crowd.

Tom Schultz
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November 15, 2013

 

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