Sergeant Robert Lee Mikesell

Sergeant Robert Lee Mikesell

Calipatria Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 3, 1972

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Robert Lee Mikesell

Sergeant Mikesell was shot and killed while approaching a vehicle he had stopped while investigating a series of shots fired calls throughout the evening. The occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him with a rifle, killing him instantly.

The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Mikesell's murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Sergeant Mikesell had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 10

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.06
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I recently discovered I was related to Sgt. Mikesell by a family marriage. I was involved in an ambush on October 8, 2016, where three of my officers were shot, two of which died. I can relate to the sacrifices Sgt. Mikesell and my two officers/friends made. Officers put themselves in the way of danger on a daily basis to protect the innocent. In today's day an age of anti-police sentiment, remember, the true heroes that sacrifice their lives selflessly for strangers, no matter what race, creed, association, etc. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and your impact on family, friends, and your community Sgt. Mikesell. May you continue to be remembered.

Sergeant Shawn Flinn
Palm Springs Police Department

September 18, 2018

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