Policeman Ian J. Campbell

Policeman Ian J. Campbell

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1963

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Ian J. Campbell

Policeman Ian Campbell was shot execution style and killed after he and his partner were abducted by two suspects during a traffic stop. The officers were on patrol when they began to question the men. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and was able to disarm the officers. The two men drove the officers to a field where they shot Policeman Campbell. The second officer was able to flee the scene and was not injured.

The subject who shot Policeman Campbell was sentenced to death but later had the sentenced commuted to life. The accomplice was also sentenced to life in prison.

In December 2006 the accomplice violated his parole and remained at large for several months. He was located on February 25, 2007, and taken into custody. He died of natural causes while in prison on April 6, 2007. The subject who shot Policeman Campbell died in prison on August 12, 2012.

Policeman Campbell had previously served with the United States Marine Corps and was survived by his mother and two daughters. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

In 2012, Carlos Avenue and Gower Street in Hollywood was renamed Ian Campbell Square and California State Route 101 in Los Angeles was also renamed Ian J. Campbell Memorial Freeway.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 10046
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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To the NC Officer Reflection of March 9, 2020....Thank you for saying what is in my heart, and the hearts of many law enforcement officers who have walked a beat and fought the fight and wondered, at the end of the day, why wasn’t it me, why wasn’t I “The One”. Why was it him, Officer Campbell? We’ll never know the answer. Thank you again for your service and sacrifice. Rest in Eternal Peace, Brother.

Lori Cleeland-Herian
OCSD, Deputy Sheriff, Retired

April 2, 2021

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