Police Officer Robert W. Blan

Police Officer Robert W. Blan

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 23, 1973

Robert W. Blan

Officer Robert Blan was shot and killed with his own weapon during a traffic stop.

During the stop, he requested backup but became engaged in a struggle before the officers arrived. During the struggle, the suspect gained control of Officer Blan's revolver and shot him three times. When his backup officers arrived, they found Officer Blan unconscious. The suspects suddenly returned to the scene and attempted to run down the other officers, who opened fire. All of the suspects were apprehended.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 12 years to life on December 13, 1973, but was released after serving only six years of his sentence.

Officer Blan had been a member of the Oakland Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Military Police of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 886
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 45th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. may the coward who took your life suffer and rot forever.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 23, 2018

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