Police Officer Richard Mason Hyche

Police Officer Richard Mason Hyche

Ontario Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 15, 1975

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Richard Mason Hyche

Police Officer Richard Hyche was shot and killed from ambush by a man with a rifle in the area of 916 Deodar Street.

An off-duty officer had spotted the man, who was wanted for murder, walking along I-10. When backup officers arrived they came under fire from the man who had made it to an apartment complex. When Officer Hyche arrived on the scene he stopped to ask a grounds person for information. As he was doing so the man shot him from the corner of one of the buildings. The suspect was eventually apprehended and convicted of Officer Hyche's murder. The suspect was sentenced to life-imprisonment in San Quentin.

Officer Hyche had served with the Ontario Police Department for four years and had previously served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, murder suspect

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Officer Hyche was always a friendly and nice man to talk to. My locker was right next to his at 200 N. Cherry. The old OPD station. Many months later I still had a difficult time and would break down and cry by myself down in the locker room. I never mentioned this to anyone before. I do now because I’m older and realize how lucky I was being a police officer and knowing such great officers like Officer Hyche. God bless. Till we meet again! RIP.

Fredrick Borgards /Officer
Ontario Police Department

April 3, 2019

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