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Police Officer Richard Thomas Steed | San Clemente Police Department, California San Clemente Police Department, California

Police Officer

Richard Thomas Steed

San Clemente Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 29, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 999

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: In a mental hospital.

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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.

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I drive past your memorial sign on I-5 every day. May we always remember you, and the sacrifice you gave to protect your community.

1stLt Synn
United States Marine Corps
September 20, 2014

 

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