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Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale | Kern County Sheriff's Department, California Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Robert McHale

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, March 3, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy McHale was killed after being beaten and shot at a family disturbance call in Oildale. The mentally ill suspect attacked Deputy McHale, beat him with his baton, and then shot him with his service weapon. The man then committed suicide.

Deputy McHale had served with the agency for 7 years.

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Hey Rick, it's been so long. I still feel the sting of your untimely passing. You were my best friend and my favorite person to hang out with. I often go through the football games in my memories where you made great catches on one of my errant passes.....Thanks again for making me look good, you always had a way of doing that to everyone who loved you. I sure did and still do. The tears that flow as I'm writing this are sad indeed, yet I know I'll see you in heaven soon and I am excited for that glorious day. I'm not sure even today if I've ever known a better or more thoughtful man. I'll be seeing you soon brother.

Marcus D. Atkinson
Highschool friend
March 4, 2017


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