Policeman Floyd C. Eiler

Policeman Floyd C. Eiler

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, December 25, 1911

Floyd C. Eiler

Policeman Floyd Eiler succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier when he interrupted a robbery in progress.

Two subjects were in the process of robbing a business on the corner of 1st Street and Gary Avenue when they became in an argument. One of the suspects then pistol-whipped the second suspect and chased him from the business. The first suspect then shot at the second suspect as they ran down the street.

Hearing the shots, Policeman Eiler responded to the scene. As he turned the corner from Hewitt Street, onto First Street, he encountered the first suspect, who shot him in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Eiler was able to return fire and wounded the man. Several citizens came to Policeman Eiler's aid and used his service revolver to shoot the subject again killing him.

Policeman Eiler was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later.

Policeman Eiler had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two months and had previously served with the Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department. He was survived by his mother, sister, and brother.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 21, 1911
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery

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I am a stranger to you and your family, but after reading of your heroic act of bravery as night fell on the 21st of December, 1911, I am compelled to share my thanks. You fired off a round and disabled your assailant as you lay bleeding, staring down the eyes of your maker. You were an inspiration to everyone who believes in angels among us. As the son of a decorated NYPD officer who has since passed on, I have great admiration for your heroism. May your eternal rest be laden with all the wonderful joys that you missed out on as a result of your sacrifice in the name of your brethren. May peace be with you and your family.

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