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 vehicle the suspect exited and began walking towards 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.

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 had been with the agency for seven years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 6185

Incident Details

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

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I was doing follow-up on a burglary when I heard an 11-99 on the police radio. When I arrived Al was being transported to the hospital via an ambulance. I assigned a deputy to take a statement from Al. Deputy Dane Parreira took a recording of the interview. We took charge of the crime scene, recording photos of the cruiser, the suspect car, the bullet hole in the pavement the suspect laying on the pavement, the weapons used by the suspect and other pertinent items. The bullet hole in the pavement was the result of Al falling after being shot and running for cover behind his cruiser. Al deflected the shot when he struck Harrill Hill on the hand. The suspect ran to his car and Al shot him five times. My investigation revealed that the car had been stolen from a car lot in Oakland, the gun was stolen from a pawn shop and the personalized license plate was stolen from a car owned by a dentist. Apparently Hill and his younger brother were traveling to Los Angeles to have a good time, buy Marijuana and return to Oakland to sell it. Al saw the car traveling south on I-5 and made a stop to notify them and to have it repaired. Harrill Hill exited his car walking to Al and started shooting. After Hill was prevented shooting Al in the head he ran towards his car and got shot. Twelve days later Al succumbed to his injuries. Hill survived, went to court and found guilty. He was sentenced to death, but the state reverse the capital punishment and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Hector Garibay, Det. Sgt. ((retired)
Merced County Sheriff's Department, Merced, CA

March 3, 2020

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