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.


  • 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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Ian and I were friends. We both resided in Canoga Park and enjoyed landscaping in our off-duty hours. We talked about opening a landscape design business just prior to his death. The night before, we waved at each other as he passed by my unit at Wilcox and Sunset while heading for Hollywood station. The fatal night I was heading for downtown and was at the intersection of Rinaldi and Sepulveda Boulevard at 11:00 p.m. Later, I learned that he and Karl had been kidnapped and likely had passed that intersection within minutes of when I was there driving a B&W. I often wonder what I would have done if I'd seen him driving the old car n/b heading out of town, or if he might've signaled me. Would I have recognized that he was in dire trouble? And why the commander refused to broadcast Ian and Karl's disappearance in Hollywood in a timely manner I will never understand.

Lieutenant II Waid S. Woodruff #10787

June 4, 2018

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