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.


  • 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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Dave Hartman, Bill Trudeau and I arrived to assist Rick however he had been fatally wounded. Rick was a really solid guy. Rick was also a Marine who served two tours in Vietnam.

Sgt. Tim Ferrill
San Clemente PD 1976-1979/Long Beach Beach Police Department 1979-2006

June 23, 2018

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