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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

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police 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 5th, 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 and I served in Korea and lived in the same squad hut
for a year //Bob kept himself straight as he loved his wife
and he had a child //// we a couple of times drove to Seoul City in a weapons carrier to get a ICE cream soda over
some of the roughest roads and across the HAN river.
to a GI it was heaven the soda that is .
Bob was getting a collage of photos of us together but death stopped that the last time we met was at
Douglas Long Beach as at that time I was in flight test

lynwood sibley
39th fis K13
July 4, 2016

 

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