Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

Deputy Sheriff Richard Robert McHale

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1989

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Richard Robert McHale

Deputy McHale was killed after being beaten and shot at a family disturbance call in Oildale. The mentally ill suspect attacked Deputy McHale, beat him with his baton, and then shot him with his service weapon. The man then committed suicide.

Deputy McHale had served with the agency for 7 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rick, the memory of responding to that call that day has never left me. You were known as a go getter and a great cop. After my retirement I couldn’t help but think you didn’t make it to the end. I have spoken of you over the years and I hope that my continued service in law enforcement had done justice to your untimely death. You memory lives on with all who step up and serve with pride and honor.

CMDR Kenny Williams (Retired)
Kern County Sheriff’s Office

June 3, 2020

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