Policeman Oscar J. Bryant

Policeman Oscar J. Bryant

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, May 13, 1968

Oscar J. Bryant

Policeman Oscar Bryant was shot and killed when he responded to an armed robbery in progress at a dress shop on South Western Avenue.

Policeman Bryant surprised four robbers insde and ordered them outside on the sidewalk where he ordered them to line up and place their hands on the window. One suspect, who had a revolver hidden in his waistband, drew the weapon and fired from under his arm striking Policeman Bryant in the leg and chest.

As Policeman Bryant fell fatally wounded, he emptied his service revolver wounding the suspect who shot him and another suspect. Other officers arriving on the scene, took the suspects into custody and arrested three females waiting in their get-away car.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 12111
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Apprehended

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Short and to the point: I was working the LAPD 77th Division on the day that Oscar was gunned down, I was one year on the job out and about as a one-man report unit when the radio calls of Oscar’s situation started coming out. First was the notice that a 211 (robbery) was in progress, then the RTO (Radio Telephone Operator) indicated that an LAPD unit (Oscar) was at the location, and with each subsequent radio transmission it became apparent that the situation had become very serious and citizens were reporting that Oscar was down. I recall jamming down on the accelerator to get to the scene as quickly as I could but daytime traffic was holding me back even though I took "liberties" at red light intersections. It soon became apparent that every other LAPD unit in the area was also responding because the RTO came back on the radio and indicated that enough units were on scene and rest of us should remain in our respective areas. The feelings I had during and immediately after this incident had an enormous affect on me on a number of levels.

Here's the deal, I didn't find out until later that Oscar was a Marine, as I was, and after our enlistments we both transitioned over to law enforcement and we both stepped up to join the LAPD. The gravity of his actions and the way he jumped into action (without a backup!) to do his duty is something that resonates with me even after all these years. After-action opinions re tactics and how a street cop should handle certain situations will always be a subject of discussion, but I will say this: Oscar went in boldly where others may not have, and I’m sure he felt it was his duty to take action albeit he was working alone. Even to this day (50 years later) I sometimes think about how the situation may have turned out if some of us responding had arrived at his location sooner, but in the end we are left with just one reality: no matter the risks involved it can be said that Oscar stepped up and did what good cops do… they put themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens they serve. RIP brother and semper fi, I will continue to come to your resting place as long as I have breath.

P-3 Fred Romero
LAPD, 67-87

April 19, 2018

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