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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To be clear, if you connect the dots Fred Early died (over a short period of time) because he was thumped by several criminals who he saw committing a crime. Fred was off duty and he was just trying to do the right thing. He survived the beating but not without serious complications, and after the incident he was admitted to UCLA medical center for treatment and observation. It was while Fred was at UCLA that he died, the exact circumstances are still somewhat cloudy but he was (or should have been) under 24-hour observation.

Speculations aside Fred went out like the warrior he was, trying to do the right thing and being a good cop. He was also a good friend to all who knew him, and all these later he is still missed… may he Rest In Peace, and when the time comes (and it will!) all his M/C riding partners will all hook up with him again for another legendary trip to Mexico!

Fred Romero (P-3)
LAPD Retired

September 5, 2021

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