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Patrolman Robert B. McPherson | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Robert B. McPherson

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, September 19, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 9/17/1929

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Robert McPherson was killed after being assaulted while on jail duty. He was attempting to break up a fight between two inmates. As he entered the cell one of the inmates grabbed Patrolman McPherson's nightstick and began beating him over the head with it. Other officers were able to subdue the prisoner. Patrolman McPherson was transported to a local hospital with serious head injuries.

The next day he left the hospital without permission but was later found walking around dazed and confused. He was returned to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Patrolman McPherson had been with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife and 12-year-old son.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman McPherson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 22, 2012


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