Officer Alfred Ray Turner

Officer Alfred Ray Turner

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

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Alfred Ray Turner

Officer Alfred Turner succumbed to injuries received two weeks earlier when he made a traffic stop on I-5 near Los Banos.

Unbeknownst to Officer Turner, the vehicle had just been reported stolen. As he approached the car, the suspect exited and began walking toward him. The man suddenly pulled out a .357 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Turner three times. Although critically wounded, Officer Turner was able to return fire and strike the suspect five times.

Officer Turner was transported to St. Agnes Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds after five operations.

The suspect recovered from his wounds and was charged with murder. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole in 2010. He will be eligible for parole again in 2024.

Officer Turner was a United States Navy veteran who served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years and was assigned to the Los Banos area. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 6185
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 4, 1975
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I was new to Law Enforcement, and had only been on our Department three months. I was working on the 8pm to 4am shift when the call came in about a CHP officer down in I-5. The Sgt. and I rolled to the call Code 3. I had know Officer Turner, and it was devastating to hear his passing away says later. I think of Al often. Hope to see him in Heaven.

R. Duke
Brother In Arms

July 15, 2022

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