Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1989

Richard Robert McHale

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rick, I was 18 almost 19 when you were killed. I was at HQ when the incident went down and remember thinking, this can't be happening I had just talked to you about coming out on a ride along (I was an explorer) and you told me, "sure come out we will cite some cows". You were one of most respected deputies in the department and everyone had nothing but words of respect for you. You were taken too soon! I visit your grave often along with Rich Maxwell's. Rest well warrior


November 15, 2017

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