Officer William R. McDaniel

Officer William R. McDaniel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 6, 1934

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William R. McDaniel

Officer McDaniel was shot and killed as he and a tow truck driver were impounding a car that had been abandoned by an ex-convict. The man returned to the scene and fatally wounded both men. Officer McDaniel was able to return fire and wound the suspect who was later shot and killed by a sheriff's posse.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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This link leads to a memorial I created for Officer McDaniel. It contains the news clippings of the incident, when he was ambushed by a drunk motorist with a rifle. The perpetrator was later killed in a gunfight with a posse in the "Pleasant Valley", now referred to as "Upper Park" in Chico, CA.

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August 19, 2019

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