Detective Robert M. Endler

Detective Robert M. Endler

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1964

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Robert M. Endler

Detective Robert Endler and Detective Sergeant Charles Monaghan were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a forgery suspect.

Another officer was tasked to go next door to the Sears Department Store and pick up the suspect. He asked the detectives to help him. The suspect had not been searched or handcuffed by the store security personnel. As the three officers approached, he called out, Oh, here they are, are you the police? Someone replied they were, and he drew a revolver and fired five rounds at the trio of officers, killing Detectives Endler and Monaghan. The other officer was wounded but returned fire.

The suspect escaped the police dragnet that night but was captured later. He then escaped from prison and fled to Mexico. He was later returned to the U.S. and was sentenced to prison, where he eventually died in 1996.

Detective Endler was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII and served with the Los Angeles Police Department for less than 15 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 14 years, 9 months
  • Badge 6221
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, forgery, investigation

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Det. Endler,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 1, 2024

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