Officer Richard E. Huerta

Officer Richard E. Huerta

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 6, 1970

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Richard E. Huerta

Officer Richard Huerta was shot and killed while issuing a citation. As he was writing the citation a person unrelated to the situation approached and fatally shot him.

The suspect, who was the son of an Oakland police officer, was convicted of Officer Huerta's murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. He was denied parole in 2008.

Officer Huerta had served with the San Jose Police Department for 7 years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 47

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Although I never met you, you were a guardian angel to my grandmother tootsie. The way she spoke of you made me wish you were still alive to share your musical talents and the light you brought to everyone. You were in her thoughts and heart until the very last.
Rest in peace Richard & Tootsie.
Thank you for all the love and prayer everyone shows on this thread.
May God watch over our officers and those protecting us.

Jay Florence
Great Nephew

January 13, 2021

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