Patrolman Owen Ted Lyon

Patrolman Owen Ted Lyon

Redding Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 19, 1967

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Owen Ted Lyon

Patrolman Owen Lyon was shot and killed while he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance at approximately 5:00 am.

As they approached the house the drunken male suspect emerged with a .32 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Patrolman Lyon in the chest. The suspect then shot and wounded Patrolman Lyon's partner, who retreated to the police car and retrieved a shotgun.

During a second gun battle Patrolman Lyon's partner shot and killed the suspect. His partner then transported Patrolman Lyon to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the next morning.

Patrolman Lyon was a Unietd States Korean War Navy veteran and had served with the Redding Police Department for six years. His badge was retired and is permanently displayed in the Redding Police Department's lobby. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, mother, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 18, 1967
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I was very young and was raised by many of Teds fellow officers . Ted I can tell you are very missed . Just would like to point out to many of you the next time you are driving over the north market street bridge crossing the Sacramento river , please take note of the sign dedicating the bridge to officer Ted Lyon.

Fred Westrip

February 15, 2023

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