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Reserve Deputy Billy R. Heckle | San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

Reserve Deputy

Billy R. Heckle

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 15, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Reserve Deputy Billy Heckle was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect. Deputy Heckle and another officer had pursued the man in a stolen vehicle until it crashed near Randall Avenue and Larch Avenue.

The suspect then fled into an orange grove with the two deputies in pursuit. As Deputy Heckle shined his flashlight in search of the man, the suspect fired toward the light, striking Deputy Heckle in the forehead.

Members of the Rialto Police Department arrested the suspect about an hour later.

Reserve Deputy Heckle had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and stepdaughter.

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