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Policeman Ian J. Campbell | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Ian J. Campbell

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, March 9, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # 10046

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Policeman Ian Campbell was shot execution style and killed after he and his partner were abducted by two suspects during a traffic stop. The officers were on patrol when they began to question the men. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and was able to disarm the officers. The two men drove the officers to a field where they shot Policeman Campbell. The second officer was able to flee the scene and was not injured.

The subject who shot Policeman Campbell was sentenced to death but later had the sentenced commuted to life. The accomplice was also sentenced to life in prison.

In December 2006 the accomplice violated his parole and remained at large for several months. He was located on February 25, 2007, and taken into custody. He died of natural causes while in prison on April 6, 2007. The subject who shot Policeman Campbell died in prison on August 12, 2012.

Policeman Campbell had previously served with the United States Marine Corps and was survived by his mother and two daughters. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

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Over 52 years have passed since Ian and Karl were kidnapped at Carlos and Gower in Hollywood Division on March 9, 1963. I was a senior in High School and getting ready to join the Marine Corps. After serving our country for four years in the Corps, I joined the LAPD in 1967. My first day on the job, my partner, Carlos Martinez, took me to the intersection of Carlos and Gower and asked me if I knew what happened there in 1963. I remembered then and I remember now what happened to Ian and Karl that night. Over the years I always kept in mind the lessons learned from the onion field and I know that it saved many lives including mine. THANK YOU

On October 9, 2015 there will be a memorial service at Hollywood police station honoring the 8 officers from that division that have been killed in the line of duty. I will have the honor of remembering you and the others from Hollywood who died so that I could raise my family in peace and safety. May you and Karl know that your legacy will always be safe guarded by those who stood guard after you.

Semper Fidelis May Your Name Be Eternal

Retired Detective John E Miller #13738
Los Angeles Police Department
September 6, 2015


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