Policeman Ian J. Campbell

Policeman Ian J. Campbell

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1963

Ian J. Campbell

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.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 10046
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Both you and your partner Karl Hettenger are not forgotten. We never met but I did know Karl as well as CHP Officer Merv Christ and several others involved in the follow-up. Just this week I shared your story and your memory with a young Deputy U.S. Marshal. We agreed that the dedication, service and courage that lonely night in an onion field south of Bakersfield by you and your partner are not forgotten Sir.

Howard Eddy
KCSO / KCDA / BCDA, RET

December 19, 2017

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