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Sergeant Freddie Joel Edwards | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California

Sergeant

Freddie Joel Edwards

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, October 7, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Killed in prison

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Sergeant Freddie Edwards was shot and killed when he approached a suspicious man behind a convenience store. Unbeknownst to Sergeant Edwards, the suspect had just committed an armed robbery of the store moments before.

The suspect was caught and subsequently sentenced to death several hours before the United States Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional. However, in 1974 the suspect was murdered in prison by other inmates.

Sergeant Edwards had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Joel, you were and always will be my hero. You were the older brother who was always available from the time I can first remember. I always wanted to grow up to be you, honest, brave, caring and loving of you family and friends.

I am now 69 and I hope that I have followed in your footsteps.

You are in my prayers every night thanking you for your love and care in helping me become the man I am today.

Always my brother, always in my Heart
Richard Young

Attorney
Younger Brother
July 10, 2016

 

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