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Correctional Officer Royal C. Cline | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

Correctional Officer

Royal C. Cline

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, May 23, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: California

Incident Date: 5/23/1938

Weapon: Blunt object; Hammer

Suspect: One shot and killed

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Correctional Officer Royal Cline was beaten to death with a hammer by three inmates who were attempting to escape from Alcatraz Prison in California.

Following Officer Cline's murder the inmates attempted to take over a guard tower. The guard inside shot and killed one subject. The other two were sentenced to life for Officer Cline's murder.

The guard in the watch tower, Officer Harold Stites, was shot and killed in 1946 during another escape attempt.

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I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace.

Dennis Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons
October 22, 2014

 

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