Police Officer Richard Mason Hyche

Police Officer Richard Mason Hyche

Ontario Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 15, 1975

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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It has been many years since your untimely passing, but not a day goes by that I do not reflect on your friendship. On her deathbed in 1991 my mother mentioned you and how if you would stop by and I were not there you would sometimes wait and while doing so would play the piano. She loved your rendition of Moonlight Sonata. I feel that soon we shall be having a reunion and I will be honored to be considered your friend both in this life and the next to come.

Fred Schiller

November 16, 2018

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