Police Officer Richard Thomas Steed

Police Officer Richard Thomas Steed

San Clemente Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, November 29, 1978

Richard Thomas Steed

Officer Richard Steed was shot and killed while responding to what was believed to be a medical assistance call on El Camino Real in which a person claimed to have slashed his wrists. When he arrived at the scene he was shot by the person who had requested the assistance.

The killer fled the scene but was arrested approximately eight hours later in a nearby parking lot and is incarcerated at a mental hospital, deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Officer Steed had served with the San Clemente Police Department for less than 2 years, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 999
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender In a mental hospital.

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Officer Steed,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO/former Marine

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

November 29, 2018

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