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Patrolman Emery E. Campbell | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Emery E. Campbell

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 27, 1913

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1924

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Patrolman Emery Campbell was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local bar. Upon his arrival he observed the suspect standing on the street corner. He approached the suspect from behind and touched his shoulder.

The man suddenly swung around, produced a handgun, and shot Patrolman Campbell three times in the face and neck. Bleeding heavily, Patrolman Campbell was able to knock the suspect to the ground and hold him there until other officers arrived and arrested him. Patrolman Campbell was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries within an hour.

The 48-year-old suspect was sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled on June 17, 1924.

Patrolman Campbell had served with the San Diego Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.

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I'm glad that you are being remembered and honored for your sacrifice. Thank you is hardly sufficient.
I was honored, in 2006, to be a recipient of the Medal for Valor, awarded in your name, at the Heroes Behind the Badge ceremony.

R.I.P. Officer Campbell - You will never be forgotten.

Retired Officer Diane Gould Hall
San Diego Police Department
January 15, 2015


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