Officer Richard Radetich

Officer Richard Radetich

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1970

Richard Radetich

Officer Richard Radetich was shot and killed when he was ambushed while writing a traffic citation.

He was working an overtime traffic detail and had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As he was writing the ticket, an unrelated suspect approached his vehicle and opened fire through the closed driver's side window.

A suspect in the killing was an ex-convict who was extradited from Ohio. However, the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence in 1971.

Officer Radetich had been employed with the San Francisco Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and 8-month-old daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 703

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Identified

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Though I never met you, you are in our thoughts daily. I know my wife, your daughter, continues to feel the great loss of you and Nancy. It has been my honor and privilege to share her life and you would be so very proud of her. You would appreciate how well she was raised. She has been a loving and supportive wife and mother who exemplifies the law enforcement spouse. She has raised the boys to be respectful, responsible, and accountable...a familiar Radetich trait. Your sacrifice and dedication to community lives on. Rest in Peace.

Jake Miller, Chief of Police
Pismo Beach Police Dept.

July 21, 2016

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