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 succumbed to injuries froma gunshot wound when he was shot by a robbery suspect on September 9, 1972.

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.

He was survived by his four daughters, mother, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12522

Incident Details

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

robbery in progress

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I grew up in this neighborhood. My name is Brian lavette. Officer early gave me my first traffic ticket. When he was injurrd he was in the hospital
my mom worked at brotman memorial. Officer early warned me not to drive too fast as I could die. I was only 17. I would like to solve this murder. Rest In Peace Fred.

Resident is west la

December 11, 2021

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