Police Officer Dess K. Phipps

Police Officer Dess K. Phipps

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 12, 1962

Dess K. Phipps

Police Officer Dess Phipps was killed in an automobile crash during a high speed pursuit of two subjects wanted for burglary.

Another vehicle struck Officer Phipps' patrol car at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue. The vehicle then struck two other vehicles. A second accident then occurred when another car collided with several cars that were stopped for the first crash. One driver involved in the second accident was also killed.

The subjects in the vehicle being pursued fled the scene but were later apprehended. They were charged with murder and burglary.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with murder

vehicle pursuit

Most Recent Reflection

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He was my Grandfather, my Mom’s father whom I never had the chance to meet as he was taken at the age of 37. I have heard many wonderful memories from my Grandmother, Mom, Dad, Aunt and others who knew him. I am truly grateful for the officers who have honored my Grandfather by way of memorials including a highway sign located on the 710 freeway. I am proud to be his Granddaughter.

Kim Houska

Kim Houska

July 12, 2018

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