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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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I always looked up to my Uncle Robert, he was the absolute nicest guy in the world. I wish I could have had a career like he did. He touched the lives of many. I will never forget his funeral and the honor that was shown by all the agencies. It was awe inspiring. Everyday I miss him, especially as I've grown older.

Anthony Beery
November 12, 2015


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