Officer Richard Radetich

Officer Richard Radetich

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1970

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Richard Radetich

Officer Richard Radetich was shot and killed when he was ambushed while writing a traffic citation.

He was working an overtime traffic detail and had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As he was writing the ticket, an unrelated suspect approached his vehicle and opened fire through the closed driver's side window.

A suspect in the killing was an ex-convict who was extradited from Ohio. However, the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence in 1971.

Officer Radetich had been employed with the San Francisco Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and 8-month-old daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 703

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Identified

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Offering my sincere thanks and gratitude to the service of Officer Richard Radetich. You're not forgotten. Peace.

Officer Eric Chiang (RETIRED)
San Francisco Police Department

February 9, 2023

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