Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Alfred Ray Turner

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

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Reflections for Officer Alfred Ray Turner

I was new to Law Enforcement, and had only been on our Department three months. I was working on the 8pm to 4am shift when the call came in about a CHP officer down in I-5. The Sgt. and I rolled to the call Code 3. I had know Officer Turner, and it was devastating to hear his passing away says later. I think of Al often. Hope to see him in Heaven.

R. Duke
Brother In Arms

July 15, 2022

That changed an entire community & obviously devastated his family. He was my dad’s partner. His kids were in class w/ my sister & I. Our parents were good friends, we all hung out together. This single, tragic, senseless murder shattered so much. It was never the same. The youngest child never was able to cope w/ it & committed suicide in his late teens. Our small sleepy town was never the same. All b/c of 1 pos.

Daughter of #5568
Daughter of CHP & directly impacted

December 20, 2020

Rest In Peace to you Al. You were my friend & room mate at the CHP academy (CTC 2, 1968). We had some great adventures working graveyard in West LA.

Ralph Thompson—Retired CHP Officer 6157
Retired from the Yuba Sutter CHP Office in 1996

December 18, 2020

God bless you Brother RIP prayers sent D.R.Miller 64-65Germany 66-67Nam CTC-IV-68 West Los Angeles CHP Area#565 #6419. Wish the ah would have 11-44'd!!!

Officer D.R.Miller

December 16, 2020

45 years ago tomorrow you gave your life for each and every one of us. We are so proud of you and may God bless you and your family. We will do everything to keep this scum in prison and be amongst all the other scum. BZ7185. God bless our beloved Blue & Gold..

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

December 15, 2020

I was doing follow-up on a burglary when I heard an 11-99 on the police radio. When I arrived Al was being transported to the hospital via an ambulance. I assigned a deputy to take a statement from Al. Deputy Dane Parreira took a recording of the interview. We took charge of the crime scene, recording photos of the cruiser, the suspect car, the bullet hole in the pavement the suspect laying on the pavement, the weapons used by the suspect and other pertinent items. The bullet hole in the pavement was the result of Al falling after being shot and running for cover behind his cruiser. Al deflected the shot when he struck Harrill Hill on the hand. The suspect ran to his car and Al shot him five times. My investigation revealed that the car had been stolen from a car lot in Oakland, the gun was stolen from a pawn shop and the personalized license plate was stolen from a car owned by a dentist. Apparently Hill and his younger brother were traveling to Los Angeles to have a good time, buy Marijuana and return to Oakland to sell it. Al saw the car traveling south on I-5 and made a stop to notify them and to have it repaired. Harrill Hill exited his car walking to Al and started shooting. After Hill was prevented shooting Al in the head he ran towards his car and got shot. Twelve days later Al succumbed to his injuries. Hill survived, went to court and found guilty. He was sentenced to death, but the state reverse the capital punishment and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Hector Garibay, Det. Sgt. ((retired)
Merced County Sheriff's Department, Merced, CA

March 3, 2020

My husband, Bob Isaacs, had known Al many, many years and worked as a CHP officer with Al out of the Los Banos office. We married in 1974 and Bob and I moved to Madera. Bob was devastated when Al died. He talked about Al throughout our 44 years together and never forgot the immense sacrifice Al made.

Nancy Isaacs
Widow of CHP Officer Bob Isaacs, Los Banos Office

December 16, 2019

My dad worked with Alfred in Los Banos. I was young when this horrible incident occurred but I will never forget the night it happened or the affect it had on his fellow officers. From that day on I always had the fear that could happen to my dad. One of the few times I saw my dad cry.
Whenever I drive through Los Banos I remember officer Alfred and his sacrifice to keep the highways safe

Laura Thurman
Daughter of Larry Thurman who worked with officer Alfred

December 23, 2018

Semper Fi Fellow CHPY. My badge number is exactly 1000 after yours (7185). I reported to the CHP academy on Meadowview Road on May 19th 1969. I remember your tragic night. Thank you for your service and GOD bless you and your brave family. You are not nor will you ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother. Blue and Gold forever.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP SLA, Central, SF and San Jose area.

December 16, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. May the coward that took your life rot and suffer.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 16, 2017

My husband Earnie Noble was Al's brother in law and Judy's younger brother. Earnie passed away in December 2014. I heard many stories about the relationship he and Al had. They were dear friends and Earnie considered him his brother. They did many things together when Al was alive. Al's death was a shock to the whole family. Though I did not know him personally, I knew that he was beloved by his family and friends. He was a dedicated officer, father and friend. God rest his soul and be with his family and friends.

Barbara Noble
sister in law

May 8, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

I was a twenty-seven year old Youth Authority Parole Agent and Rehabilitation Counselor when Officer Turner was killed. Harrill Hill had been one of my "sucess stories". After surving time for minor crimes in the CYA, he worked hard to find employment and rebuild his life. While in custody, Harrill had sustained brain damage from a beating by a correctional officer. I testified at his trial not to get him off but to keep him from getting the death penalty sentence. Harrill left his sucessful job and went to work for a relative not long before this ugly incident occurred. This clearly was a mistake as once he lost a structure, he lost all sense of direction and meaning in his life. He was not an animal. He was a damaged human being. There is no excuse for what he did and like all such incidents the pain travels throughout many lives. The best way to remember Officer Turner is through forgiveness. Harrill will spend the rest of his life in prison deservedly. Such a sad loss of lives on all accounts.

William Campagna
Parole Agent/Rehabilitation Counselor

April 21, 2014

Sympathize with the family of this noble CHP officer. When going down the highway took a picture of the plate and now I know what it really means. Force everyone!
[email protected], Brazil, Guaratingueta-SP

Eduardo Santos
Brasil Guaratingueta SP

January 8, 2014

God bless you sir.

Officer J. Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

January 16, 2013

I think about Al and that night often. My memories of Al are dim because I was so young. He was a neighbor, father of my friends and a fellow officer to my father. The night that animal shot him, is the night that changed all our lives forever. I think all of us that lived through that have very vivid and painful memories. I remember being woke up, and whisked away to another officer's families home as my mother went with Judy to Fresno to be with Al. She stayed with Judy entire time time. We came together as the CHP family we were, and are to this day. We also were forced to realize just how real the dangers to our fathers were, that day. As Al fought for his life, we were fearful as we watched our fathers continue to strap on their guns and leave for work each day. My family was always close with the Turner family. Bryan and my brother and sister were best friends, he was a little brother to me. To this day I believe the day that animal shot Al he shot Bryan too, it just took Bryan almost 17 more years to die from his wounds. Bryan talked about his Dad all the time, he loved and missed him so very much. It's been 20 years now since we loss Bryan and I know he was greeted and wrapped immediately in his father's arms, which is what he so longed for. Al was an Officer doing his job, simply pulling over someone for a minor traffic violation, he was a hero, he was and is loved and will always be missed. We will never forget you Al, we will never let you be forgotten.

Sheri McSwain
Fellow Officer's Daughter

December 12, 2012

As yet another anniversary of the night this all happened passes, we miss you even more. While i was young when your final shift ended, i have never forgotten that night and i never will. My Christmas's have always had something missing since you passed. The only thing that comforts me is that he will die in prison for his crime. But still doesn't stop the ache in the families heart. We miss you.

K Couch

December 4, 2012

Thinking of you today Uncle Al. This time of year I always think of you. You are so missed. I hope you and Bobbie, Etta, Helen, Dale, Dad, and Brian are catching up. I wish you could have been here all these years. Boy how different life would have been for everyone. I think about how it would have been and all the heartache and anger and frustration that would not have been. Next week will be 37 years since you passed. It was 37 years ago today that you were shot. I remember it like it was yesterday. I love and miss you!!!!!

Wendelynn Zachariasen

December 4, 2012

My father was the truck driver who call for help right after the shooting. I remember as a little girl the death threats that were made against him by the suspects families. Who would know that two of his children would become law enforcement officers. My dad still has the letter from Gov. Brown Sr. thanking him for rendering help. It was written before Officer Turner died from his wounds a few days later. I talked to my father tonight. We are glad the suspect was denied parole. I will look for your Uncles Memorial Highway next time I travel up north.


March 16, 2012

I just read each & every message left on this site; & I want to thank each of your for your "reflection". I didn't know "Officer" Turner; I just knew Uncle Alfred. I didn't see him often growing up; but when I did, he was the tall fun-loving man that continued to tease my Aunt Judy to no end. And he was the funny uncle who would talk like Donald Duck to make us laugh. I didn't get to say goodbye to him when he was in the hospital dying or at his funeral. I was planning a wedding later that month, & my parents didn't want to sadden the moment for me. So I didn't find out until after his funeral. Each time I drive through Los Banos on I-5, I see his memorial sign. I have a special saying & a vision that I imagine when I see his sign...and he still can bring a smile to my face thinking what he response would be. Definitely not forgotten. I love & miss you Uncle Alfred. The family will continue fighting to keep your murder behind bars where he belongs.

S. "Ann" (Bennett) Paterson

February 13, 2012

I was just reading about this shooting incident in an old CHP magazine, very unfortunate. Patti, if you would like the article I will send it to you, contact me through ODMP. God Bless.

Patrolman Rodney Owen
Bowling Green, MO Police Dept.

September 25, 2011

Uncle Al, my memories of you are all fond. I recall thinking what a handsome uncle you were. you left us way too soon. We know you left unwillingly and fought to stay. The vile man who did this to you will never see the outside of a prison, your family is dedicated to making sure. My father loved you and deeply mourned your loss till the day of his death. I treasure the memories of you, Aunt Judy, little Laurie, and Bryan. I was not quite a teenager when we last met but the memories of you live on. I am proud to call you Uncle.

Patti Turner Long

March 15, 2011

Saw your memorial sign on I-5. Thanks for your service.

California Police Officer

June 26, 2010

Dear Uncle, though we moved away from California when I was quite young I was always aware of my Father's love for his siblings. His pain at your passing left a profound mark in my life as I watched the passion of his feelings of loss and anger at his inability to fix the events or protect you from the consequences. I prayed daily for your survival as you valiently tried to stay alive for those who loved you and needed you. I am proud of your courage and determination as witnessed on the horrible day you were attacked and through the stories told by my Father, Dale, of your childhood. My Dad passed away one month before the nine eleven attacks yet your legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who loved you and I will tell this story to my children and their children of the courage it takes to be a person with honor.

With Love and Many Thanks!

Ruth Ann Turner Landis

Ruth Ann Turner Landis

January 11, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 16, 2009

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