Officer Ray Q. Mills

Officer Ray Q. Mills

Fortuna Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 1967

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Ray Q. Mills

Officer Ray Mills was assisting another officer who had stopped a car on Northbound Highway 101 just north of Fortuna when he was struck and fatally injured by a drunk driver.

After hitting Officer Mills, the drunk driver continued without stopping. Additional officers pursued the drunk driver until he was arrested about one mile north of the scene. Officer Mills was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he died at approximately 3:37 a.m.

The 22-year-old driver was charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run, and manslaughter. A year later a jury convicted him only of misdemeanor manslaughter.

Officer Mills had served with the Fortuna Police Department for just over a year and a half. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge 64

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter


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RIP Officer Mills. My dad Officer Pires was on patrol with him at the time.

Ernest Pires

December 4, 2021

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