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Officer Eugene C. Robinson | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

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Eugene C. Robinson

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 479

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1905

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Officer Eugene Robinson was shot and killed investigating several suspicious persons on the corner of Valencia Street and Eighteenth Street. When he ordered the three men to surrender they opened fire, wounding him six times. Officer Robinson was able to return fire and wounded one of the suspects.

Six suspects were eventually taken into custody and convicted of charges ranging from manslaughter to first degree murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death and hanged at San Quentin State Prison on October 6, 1905. A second suspect was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison but was killed in San Quentin Prison by another inmate in 1912.

Officer Robinson had served with the San Francisco Police Department for six years. He was survived by his mother, brother, and sister.

In 1902 Officer Robinson's photograph was installed at the San Francisco Police Headquarters, along with four other officers killed in the line of duty, where it was displayed until the California earthquake of 1906 when all of the portraits were lost.

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Rest in Peace, Officer Robinson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 22, 2012

 

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