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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Semper Fi brother CHPY. You are not forgotten. You were in my senior class in 1969. I know your career was short in time but it was never short in dedication. 51 years ago seems like yesterday. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace brother.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

November 24, 2020

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