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Officer Ambers O. Shewmaker | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

Ambers O. Shewmaker

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, November 24, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 9 months

Badge # 7059

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Ambers Shewmaker was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle for speeding near Banning. Unbeknownst to him the car had been stolen and the driver was wanted for an earlier robbery in Riverside. As he was using his radio the suspect walked up beside his car and shot him point blank in the head. The suspect was apprehended twelve hours later after a high speed chase in Palm Springs.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 14, 1971.

Officer Shewmaker had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine months. In November 2014 the portion of the I-10 freeway where he was shot will be dedicated to Officer Shewmaker.

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I saw the sign,on the 10frwy,and wondered who Ambers Shewmaker was. I was sad to see that he was killed in the line of duty.

Jaime Garcia
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September 2, 2015

 

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