Patrolman Fred A. Babcock, Jr.

Patrolman Fred A. Babcock, Jr.

Richfield Department of Public Safety, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, June 4, 1949

Fred A. Babcock, Jr.

Patrolman Babcock was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a burglary call at a grocery store at 76th and Lyndale Avenue South at 2:20 a.m.

Patrolman Babcock's partner got out of the patrol car and Patrolman Babcock continued to drive around the business. He located the getaway car but when he ordered the men out of it they opened fire with a .30-caliber rifle, fatally wounding him. The suspects fled but were all eventually apprehended.

The mayor of Richfield later declared June 14 Babcock Memorial Day. Patrolman Babcock had served with the agency for 1 year. He was also a decorated WWII Marine Corps veteran and was honored locally when VFW Post #5555 in Ridgefield was named after him. Patrolman Babcock was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 10

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended


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Patrolman Babcock,
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you on today, the 69th anniversary of your death for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine;LEO

United States Border Patrol

June 4, 2018

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