Policeman Oscar J. Bryant

Policeman Oscar J. Bryant

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, May 13, 1968

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Oscar J. Bryant

Policeman Oscar Bryant was shot and killed when he responded to an armed robbery in progress at a dress shop on South Western Avenue.

Policeman Bryant surprised four robbers insde and ordered them outside on the sidewalk where he ordered them to line up and place their hands on the window. One suspect, who had a revolver hidden in his waistband, drew the weapon and fired from under his arm striking Policeman Bryant in the leg and chest.

As Policeman Bryant fell fatally wounded, he emptied his service revolver wounding the suspect who shot him and another suspect. Other officers arriving on the scene, took the suspects into custody and arrested three females waiting in their get-away car.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 12111
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Apprehended

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I am a recruit for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and I am here to pay my respects to an honorable officer, Officer Oscar J. Bryant. Yesterday, while we were on the grinder, I was staring at the memorial wall at Biscailuz Center. Officer Oscar J. Bryant's plaque on the wall stood out to me as if it was the only plaque that was shining. I do not know why his plaque drew me in, but I felt this feeling as I needed to write something to commemorate him. As I was reading through other reflections about your heroism, courage, and honor, I stared to understand why your plaque was the only one standing out to me yesterday.
In our academy we are currently learning about the true meaning of what it means to be a law enforcement officer. Our class has been taught that this job is very unforgiving and that we need to respect it and understand that coming home to our families is never a guarantee. I cannot thank you enough for giving the greatest sacrifice to serve in protect. Although I do not know you, you have already impacted my life in a positive way. As I look to graduate and receive my badge, I will alway carry your memory in the back of my head. I am still learning of the true sacrifices this job entails, but I know that by implementing the traits that you possessed, I can hopefully perform greatly as a law enforcement officer. I give my greatest condolences to you and your family and may you rest in peace. Thank you for your service to Los Angeles County and to our nation.


April 4, 2019

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