Officer Edward A. Bertino

Officer Edward A. Bertino

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 1940

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Edward A. Bertino

Officer Edward Bertino was shot killed when a man ambushed him and his partner outside of a home on Rubidoux Avenue.

The killer's mother had called police from a neighbor's house after arguing with her son. When they arrived he shot them from the bushes after Officer Bertino ordered him to throw down his weapon and come out. Officer Bertino was shot in the stomach and his partner in the hand. Officer Bertino took cover behind their patrol car and then was shot in the head.

The 29-year-old suspect was taken into custody by officers from a neighboring department. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in Folsom Prison.

Officer Bertino had served with the Riverside Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, domestic

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Officer Bertino,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Riverside. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 3, 2020

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