Policeman Ian James Campbell

Policeman Ian James Campbell

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1963

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Ian James 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 was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for five years. He 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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 10046
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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I was 12 years old and living in Ventura on the day that Officer Campbell gave his “last full measure of devotion” and Officer Hettinger’s life was so irrevocably altered. The tragic news rocked my world as I grappled with the realization that members of the LE community are not invincible and don’t always “win” like Hollywood would have us believe. Just as in the loss of close loved ones, no matter the years that have passed, at times the magnitude of Officer Campbell’s death washes through raw as though yesterday. To both these brave officers, their families, and to all who have come before and will after, know that your dedicated service and daily unseen sacrifices, your unrelenting courage in protection of our communities, shall forever be honored in our collective memory.

Christine Ertman

January 14, 2022

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