Police Officer Dess K. Phipps

Police Officer Dess K. Phipps

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 12, 1962

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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

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 12, 2020

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