Chief of Police Raymond Garcia

Chief of Police Raymond Garcia

Vernonia Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Friday, October 1, 1971

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Raymond Garcia

Chief of Police Raymond Garcia was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at 7:50 pm while returning to the police station at the end of his shift.

When the vehicle stopped the 80-year-old driver exited the car and opened fire with a .22 caliber pistol. Although mortally wounded, Chief Garcia exited his patrol car and returned fire, killing the man. Chief Garcia was succumbed to his wounds while being transported to the hospital, which was over one hour away.

The Vernonia Police Department was a three-person agency at the time of Chief Garcia's murder. Chief Garcia was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the agency for only three years. He was survived by his wife and 5-week-old daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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Even though I have never met you; I feel as though I have always known you. My mother your big sister Frances would mention you when I was a little girl. She told me how you were killed in Oregon as an officer. Even though I was only a little girl the thought of you stood with me all these years; finally getting to see you and what you look like in a newspaper clipping makes me happy to know I can finally put a face on that brave uncle billy I used to hear about. My mom never called you Raymond she always said billy; so you are my uncle billy. I hope someday I can see and meet you in Heaven. I don't think my mom has ever met you, but now she is in Heaven also. I hope you too are celebrating life together in Heaven and getting to know each other with Jesus.
Love Cindy...your big sister's daughter.


February 5, 2021

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