Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 9/16/1975
Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect: Sentenced to life
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