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.


  • 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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In 1975, Officer Hyche patrolled our area in which we lived on Fourth Street in Ontario, CA. He became a friend to my husband and me. My husband (at the time) asked him if he would check on me from time to time since I was pregnant with our third child, my husband was a long-distant truck driver, and was gone for weeks at a time). The tragedy of losing this officer took heart, and we were heart-broken to hear about the lose of him. Much sympathy to his family and fellow-officers through the years. I will never forget him, and still after all these years remember him. I've shared what happened to him with my grown children over the years. And still mention him up to this day.

God Bless Everyone, and with Much Love.

Sonja White

Sonja White, Public Citizen

June 12, 2020

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