We will never forget LAPD Policeman Roger Warren Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on May 8, 1967, after he was shot by a sniper.
Policeman Warren was on patrol with his field training officer when his training officer observed someone crouched behind a stone barbecue pit and decided to investigate. The training officer directed Policeman Warren to pull over so they could investigate. When the training officer exited the vehicle, a gunshot was heard. A round from a .308 rifle struck Policeman Warren in the armpit.
The suspect was a 16-year-old thought to be seeking revenge on a liquor store manager who had a friend of the suspect arrested for shoplifting earlier in the day. It is also believed the suspect's intentions for the manager were interrupted by Policeman Warren and his training officer. The suspect was shot and killed by the training officer and an off-duty police officer from across the street. Policeman Warren was transported to the hospital and he was pronounced dead as a result of the gunshot wound.
Policeman Warren had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for only one month and was assigned to the Van Nuys Division. He had previously served with the U.S. Air Force Air Police. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two brothers, two sisters, mother and father.