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Policeman Fred H. Early | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Fred H. Early

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, March 23, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # 12522

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/9/1972

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Policeman Fred Early was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Early was off duty when he observed a burglary in progress. He went to a phone booth to call in the crime when he was confronted by the suspect(s) and shot while he was on the phone. He survived the shooting, but not without complications. In the months that passed he suffered blackouts and other symptoms. While undergoing treatment at UCLA Medical Center he sustained irreversible brain damage and never recovered from the procedures. He died from his injuries six months after the shooting.

In March 1998, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) in the shooting of Policeman Early.

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Still unsolved after nearly 43 years. I think this case should be looked at by fresh eyes. Somebody knows something. I'd like to see some re-interviews done. People who were afraid to talk 43 years ago may open up now.

Lieutenant II
May 3, 2015


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