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Officer Ray Q. Mills | Fortuna Police Department, California Fortuna Police Department, California

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Ray Q. Mills

Fortuna Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, March 12, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 8 months

Badge # 64

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Officer Ray Mills was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop.

Officer Mills was assisting another officer who had stopped a car on Northbound Highway 101 just north of Fortuna when he was struck by a drunk driver.

After hitting Officer Mills, the drink driver continued without stopping. Additional officers pursued the drunk driver until he was arrested about one mile north of the scene. Officer Mills was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he died at approximately 3:37 a.m.

Officer Mills had served with the agency for just over a year and half and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Never forget you #66. I was on duty in Arcata the morning you left us. Since APD and FPD shared the same radio channel we were there with you. God Bless.

Dispatcher, Hersh Brown
Arcata Police Dept
February 14, 2013

 

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