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Officer Gary Elton Rippstein | Torrance Police Department, California Torrance Police Department, California

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Gary Elton Rippstein

Torrance Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 22, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/21/1968

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Rippstein was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest an auto-theft suspect. The officers were invited inside the home by the man's wife and were immediately fired upon by the suspect. Officer Rippstein was struck by one of the rounds and killed. His partner and other backup officers returned fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Rippstein had served with the Torrance Police Department for 6 years and was the agency's first police chaplain. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Today (New Years Eve), I began my day by spending some time at the Torrance Police Department Memorial.

(May They All, Rest-In-Peace….)

Semper Fi,
“Major Pain”

Michael B. Parlor
January 1, 2017

 

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