Deputy Sheriff Richard B. Hammack

Deputy Sheriff Richard B. Hammack

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, May 11, 1992

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Richard B. Hammack

Deputy Sheriff Richard Hammack was shot and killed while serving a high-risk search warrant at a mobile home on Gazelle Drive, in Palmdale.

Investigators were conducting the search as part of an amphetamine distribution investigation. The subject opened fire through the walls of the mobile home, wounding one deputy. Deputy Hammack, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, was struck in the neck, face, and upper body by rifle fire as he ran to assist two other deputies who had been fired upon.

Deputy Hammack had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 7-1/2 years and was assigned to the Antelope Valley Station.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge 5044

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

narcotics, no vest, search warrant

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Rich, 29 years tomorrow I (We) got the terrible news! I hope you aware that you are still thought of and remembered my friend! As long as a man is remembered, he is immortal!

Tom Cat
Retired L.A.S.D.

May 11, 2021

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