Police Officer Ricardo Galvez

Police Officer Ricardo Galvez

Downey Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ricardo Galvez

Police Officer Ricky Galvez was shot and killed from ambush while he sat in his vehicle in the Downey Police Department's parking lot at approximately 11:00 pm.

Officer Galvez was preparing to go off duty when he was approached by three suspects. One of the suspects fired into Officer Galvez's car, fatally wounding him. Another officer who was nearby heard the shots and pursued the subjects into the neighboring city of Montebello, where they bailed out of the their vehicle, fled on foot, and escaped.

The three suspects were apprehended the next day and charged with murder.

Officer Galvez was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Downey Police Department for five years. He is survived by his mother, brother, and sisters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 172
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

off duty, robbery attempt

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I had the honor to attend your funeral sir, it was an eye opening experience and even though I did not know you personally, I felt like if I had lost someone close to me. At the time I was a Police Explorer for the City of South Gate but know I am a current recruit for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. I am learning that Law emformcement is not just any job but a giganitc family. A family that looks out for each other no matter what, we will always have each others six and if it comes to it we would give our life to defend each other. Thank you for your service and we will alwasy remember you. Rest in Peace.

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February 25, 2018

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