Reserve Deputy Sheriff Bryce N. Patten

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Bryce N. Patten

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1960

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Bryce N. Patten

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Bryce Patten was shot and killed at about 10:40 pm while manning a roadblock on Casitas Pass Road near Santa Ana Road.

Deputy Patten had set up the roadblock in response to a robbery of a nearby store. He was waiting for a backup deputy to arrive when he stopped a car and took the driver's identification. The subject then opened fire on him, shooting him 11 times. The man fled without retrieving his identification cards.

The subject was a convicted felon and was convicted of Deputy Patten's murder. He was sentenced to death and subsequently executed at San Quentin Prison on October 18th, 1961.

Deputy Patten was a high school history teacher and had volunteered as a reserve deputy for two years. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1961


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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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