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Deputy Chief John Baird | Riverside Police Department, California Riverside Police Department, California

Deputy Chief

John Baird

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 15, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released in 1919

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Deputy Chief Baird was shot and killed by a fellow officer he was reprimanding for drinking while on duty. The officer who shot him had been sent to a brothel for an investigation. Deputy Chief Baird responded to the scene to assist him but smelled alcohol on his breath. He began to reprimand the officer when a third officer arrived and suggested they return to the station and not quarrel in public.

When the officers convened in the chief's office the officer became violent and shot Deputy Chief Baird in the head three times, killing him. The 52-year-old officer was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin Prison. He was released on July 13, 1919.

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