Policeman Verne A. Brindley

Policeman Verne A. Brindley

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 10, 1930

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Verne A. Brindley

Policeman Verne Brindley was shot and killed by a drunk driver while on a vice detail near the intersection of Adams Street and Central Avenue.

Policeman Brindley was in his patrol car with the suspect when he suddenly grabbed his service revolver, shot him, and a fellow officer in the knee. Another officer and his prisoner subdued the suspect.

The 29-year-old suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a indeterminate term in prison. On May 4th, 1931, he died in the San Quentin Prison hospital after he stabbed himself in the chest.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Verne was my father, William T Brindley father. My dad Bill, remembers a little about his father he was the oldest and was 9 when he passed. Verne’s widow, my grandmother Cecelia Brindley was so blessed because the LAPD paid off her house and she received a nice policeman’s pension she lived on for 68 years .. She never remarried and was a remarkable woman and raised my dad and his Brother Robert (Bob Brindley) and those boys loved their mom. It’s sad I never got to know my grandfather but love that he was honored. The Brindley’s were adventuresome people. Verne was part of that. My dad grew up creating the tools to build the Apollo capsules and Douglas DC10’s … I believe Verne would of been proud of him.

Carmel T Brindley OSullivan
Grand Daughter

January 16, 2022

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