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Police Officer Robert R. Birdsall | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Robert R. Birdsall

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 16, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Robert Birdsall was shot and killed while searching for a suspect wanted for armed robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder. He confronted the man near 23rd Street and Orange Avenue in the city of Signal Hill where the suspect shot and killed him. He was apprehended after exchanging several shots with other officers. Officer Birdsall was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death May 5, 1976. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Birdsall served with the Long beach Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and four children

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Bob I just found this sight and wanted to thank you. Not only for your fine service but for all the support you gave myself and my brothers in the years after my father was killed. You have no idea how much it helped. The stories you told us about our father helped us to keep him in our hearts forever. The support you gave my Mom who was also LBPD along with others kept her going.


Thank you for everything most of all for keeping me laughing it helped more than you know.
Until we meet again, many thanks and much Love, Chrissy

Christine Walsh Wells
Daughter of Fred Walsh 1/20/57
September 25, 2011


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