Captain Richard Barry Zbinden

Captain Richard Barry Zbinden

Pomona Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 13, 1991

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Richard Barry Zbinden

Captain Richard Zbinden succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on August 28th, 1959, when he responded to a weapon brandishing call.

He was shot with a .22 caliber revolver after going to the suspect's home, at 1859 Fleming Street, to question him about the incident. The wound caused him to be out of work for two years but he later returned to duty and rose the rank of Captain before succumbing to the wound. The suspect was convicted of the shooting.

Captain Zbinden had served with the Pomona Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 28, 1959
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted

weapons violation

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Zip was married to my cousin Katie, when they took in my mom, myself and my brother off of Berkeley and willow. Maybe 5 years old I remember his feet being wrapped and a gunshot wound to his stomach from a getaway driver he tried to stop on white avenue. Just a kid I knew he was special, and we shared the same birthday. The marriage didn't last as one was going to work while the other was going to sleep didn't help. My mom remarried for the next 54 years and on, Katie passed away this year as a trustee for Chaffey college and the highest achievement in our family history. They stood for what's good in this country

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Cousins Mike and Vic, parents Deanna and Gary

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