Officer Richard Alan Maxwell

Officer Richard Alan Maxwell

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, July 11, 1994

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Richard Alan Maxwell

Officer Richard Maxwell was shot and killed as he made a traffic stop in front of the suspect's house. As he was waiting for backup to arrive the suspect and his father both began to attack him. The father ran into the open garage to retrieve a shotgun and while doing so the suspect shot Officer Maxwell in the face and, as he sat on the driveway, was shot in the throat. CPR was administered but he later died at a local hospital.

The father was sentenced to life and the son, who was 16-years-old at the time, was released after serving only a short jail sentence. On May 9th, 2006, the suspect was convicted of manslaughter during a retrial. He was sentenced to time served and released.

Officer Maxwell had served with the California Highway Patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife, daugther, parents, sister, brother, and grandmother. He is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery, Bakersfield, California.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 12788

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Released in 2006

traffic stop

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Officer Maxwell and family,

I want to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You are a true hero to your state and country. You took an oath and gave your life making this country a better place. Please know that I will pray for your entire family.

To the family of Officer Maxwell-my deepest condolences, please know that your husband, father, son, brother is a true hero of the highest level. He laid down his life to protect those he didn’t know. I promise you that his brothers and sisters across this great country will hold the line!

We will hold all of you in our prayers.

With heartfelt condolences,

Chief Will Pflum and Family
Markesan Police Department

Chief of Police William Pflum
Markesan Police Department

January 12, 2020

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