Deputy Sheriff Robert J. Shaw

Deputy Sheriff Robert J. Shaw

Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 9, 1988

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Robert J. Shaw

Deputy Sheriff Robert Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting crowd control at a riot.

He and other deputies were on post at the Grand Prix Championship motorcycle race at Laguna Seca Raceway when a group of approximately 400 people began creating a disturbance. Dressed in riot gear, the deputies attempted to stop the riot, at which time Deputy Shaw suffered a heart attack.

Other deputies performed CPR on him while surrounded by a ring of deputies holding the crowd back. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Shaw had served with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

civil unrest, crowd control

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I still remember the day Robert left us. I was working at the Monterey County Corrections Bureau in Salinas, CA. His brother Neil also worked there during that time.

I have since discovered a website that allows memorials to be voluntarily created, for free, on anyone who has passed away. The website is "findagrave. com," which is a part of The records are recorded and kept at with a link to findagrave.

I have created a memorial on Robert but I do not have his place of burial. If anyone has that info, please let me know.

Retired Deputy Otha L. Morgan
Monterey County Sheriff Department 1981-2007

January 4, 2023

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