Policeman Fred H. Early

Policeman Fred H. Early

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 23, 1973

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Fred H. Early

Policeman Fred Early was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

Policeman Early was off duty when he observed a burglary in progress. He went to a phone booth to call in the crime when he was confronted by the suspect(s) and shot while he was on the phone. He survived the shooting, but not without complications. In the months that passed he suffered blackouts and other symptoms. While undergoing treatment at UCLA Medical Center he sustained irreversible brain damage and never recovered from the procedures. He died from his injuries six months after the shooting.

In March 1998, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) in the shooting of Policeman Early.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12522

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 9, 1972
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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It is curious I should think of Officer Fred Early today. As a young Nursing student, I cared for Officer Early at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. I cared for him during his sufferings, but, sadly, never knew the man. I still have a pen holder his mother gifted to me. It is a bronze pig mounted on marble with the following inscription:
"Proficiency Integrity Geniality Sincerity
Friends in Need are "PIGS" Indeed"
I think I would have liked him.
Rest in peace, you are not forgotten.
Mary Ellen Mayer, RN (now retired)

Mary Ellen Mayer, RN

March 26, 2019

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