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Policeman Earl L. Riddick | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman

Earl L. Riddick

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Policeman Earl Riddick was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a bank robber while off duty.

The robber entered the bank carrying a small black bag and went up to a teller and held her up with a .38 revolver. On his way out, he shot the uniformed guard standing by the door, in the chest without warning killing him instantly. The guard was unaware that a robbery had occurred.

Policeman Riddick, in civilian clothes, was in the bank cashing a check. He followed the robber out to the parking lot. The bandit was getting into a 1968 brown Pontiac Firebird. According to witnesses, Policeman Riddick ordered him out of the car with his hands up. The bandit turned and fired, hitting the officer. The officer fell to the pavement, but managed to fire his weapon and shot out the rear window of the bandit’s car as he fled.

The bandit got only a short distance from the bank when his shattered rear window attracted the attention of two motorcycle officers who gave chase. The suspect crashed and fled on foot into a nearby backyard where he crawled beneath a trailer. As officers closed in they shot and killed the suspect when he fired at them.

The bandit's gun was tied to other murders and he had been arrested 18 times for various offenses and had been paroled prior to killing Policeman Riddick.

Policeman Riddick was survived by his wife and three children.

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I knew officer Riddick from elementary school. We played on sand lots to the fields at Lincoln High. Woody, as we called him was not only a good athlete but a Gentleman as well. Woody was killed not long after I came on the LAPD.

We were always told in situations like woody faced that day" mark the car" which he did. I believe woody learned this from those days on the ball field where it could be heard, " Don't Die bab Don't Die.

Woody did a good job that day.

Frank Petty LAPD Ret.

Frank Petty P-3
LAPD Ret.
August 19, 2015

 

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