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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

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/9/1963

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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 was survived by his mother and two daughters. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

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On the night of March 9, 1963 I was working AID in Hollenbeck Division when a broadcast came over the police radio that shocked me. Two Hollywood Division officers, Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, had disappeared. There unmarked police car was parked at Gower and Carlos. Empty. At this point, let me say that Ian and I were personal friends, and Ian and his wife and baby daughter lived not far from my house on El Oro Way in Granada Hills. That evening, when I arrived downtown at the Police Administration Building (PAB), I realized to my chagrin, I'd left my service revolver at home. I only had my 2-inch snub-nose. I hurriedly dressed into my uniform, then went to the A.M. watch commander and told him my plight. He told me to get my partner, sign out a black-and-white, and get the hell home and retrieve my service piece. The point of this little tale is that my partner, he was driving, and I were stopped eastbound on Rinaldi Street waiting for a red tri-light at Sepulveda Boulevard (this was before the San Diego Freeway had opened). Sepulveda was the main road north out of Los Angeles. I later learned from Karl Hettinger’s account of what occurred, that Ian was forced to drive the suspects' car. Karl believed they likely drove north past Rinaldi around 11:00 p.m., which put them at the intersection quite close to the time my partner and I were there. Had I seen Ian driving north I would have recognized him in our headlights. I knew he was working a plainclothes assignment in Hollywood, as the night before I’d seen and waved at him as he turned left off Sunset to go southbound onto Wilcox Avenue in front of me. I was preparing to turn right from Wilcox onto Sunset. It wasn’t known until later what had happened to Ian and Karl, and there is a story there, too, regarding the delay in a broadcast being put out; but finally it did come out. Had it been timelier, I would've heard it; also, if I'd spied Ian driving north in a strange car, there might have been an entirely different ending to the tragic event and resultant horrifying death of my friend.

Lt. II Jess Waid Woodruff #10787
LAPD - Ian's neighbor and friend
June 22, 2014


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