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Deputy Sheriff Kenneth B. Royal | Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Kenneth B. Royal

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, June 7, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # 357

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Kenneth Royal was shot and killed while responding as a backup officer to a felony car stop. Another officer had just stopped a vehicle which was suspected of being used in an armed robbery minutes earlier and one of the suspects had fled into the woods. As Deputy Royal was covered by other officers he began to approach the second suspect who was still in the vehicle. The suspect began to exit the vehicle and then suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Royal. Other officers on the scene returned fire and wounded the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of armed robbery and first degree murder and sentenced to death on October 25, 1968. His sentence was later commuted to life. On December 2, 1973, he escaped from San Quentin Prison. Before being captured four days later in Pinole, California, he committed two armed robberies, kidnapped a family of four, and attempted to crash through a police road block. He was taken into custody after being shot and wounded by Contra Costa County Deputies.

Deputy Royal was survived by his wife and four children.

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I am a former PD Sergeant turned law student, and I am here to pay my respects to Dpty Royal. As I read the cases (People v. Salas) that have shaped our criminal justice system, I take the time to search for the officer (who was killed) and learn more about their story.

Dpty Royal, thank you for your service, and for your commitment to protecting those you loved and cared for. Your sacrifice will not soon be forgotten.

Very respectfully,

Fmr. Sergeant
Civilian Law Enforcement
September 9, 2014


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