Officer Ambers O. Shewmaker

Officer Ambers O. Shewmaker

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, November 24, 1969

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Ambers O. Shewmaker

Officer Ambers Shewmaker was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle for speeding on I-10, near Apache Trail, east of Benning.

Unbeknownst to him, the car had been stolen and the driver was wanted for an earlier robbery in Riverside. As he was using his radio the suspect walked up beside his car and shot him point blank in the head. The suspect was apprehended 12 hours later after a high-speed chase in Palm Springs.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on March 14th, 1971. He subsequently died in prison in 2006.

Officer Shewmaker was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine months. In November 2014 the portion of the I-10 freeway where he was shot was dedicated to Officer Shewmaker.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 7059
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Died in prison

robbery, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I was a neighbor of the Barnett's as a kid. I have 2 memories of Sonny when I was about 8 or 9. Tad, Skip and me were playing around at their house. Sonny showed up and said - ya wanna light some fire works? Heck ya. He made sure we did it safe but fired off a couple of fire crackers with us. As a kid that was way cool. The other memory was he took us trick or treat'n on Hollow ween. He dropped us off at a house . When we got back to his car he askes us what we go? I told him nothing cause they didn't answer the door. That wasn't right for Sonny. He got out of the car, told us to follow him. He went up to the house, knocked on the door till the guy answered and gave us candies.
As a kid there is nothing more important than candy. But to Sonny there nothing more important than Kandie.
I wish I had been older to get to know him more. All I can say is he was " A heck of a good guy"

Aaron Meadows

December 5, 2019

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