Officer Richard D. Duvall

Officer Richard D. Duvall

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 23, 1960

Richard D. Duvall

Officer Richard Duvall was shot and killed while making a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to Officer Duvall the driver was an escaped convict who had just robbed a market. As he approached the vehicle the suspect opened fire. The suspect was captured six days later after a gunfight with San Luis Obispo County deputies at a Shell Beach motel.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on November 3, 1961. He was suspected to have had an accomplice, but they were never found.

Officer Duvall's death resulted in the agency requiring two officers to ride together during the midnight shift. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 2683

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1961

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I learned about you from a family member today. As a 26 year veteran and prior motor officer I want you to know your service and sacrifice is not forgotten. I rode in the Police Unity Tour to honor warriors like you.

Bend Police Department

October 19, 2017

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