Deputy Edward M. Schrader
Born: May 15, 1950
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 4 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 11, 1974
Weapon Used: Officer’s handgun
Suspect Info: Not convicted
Deputy Edward Schrader was hired by Riverside County Sheriff on February 20, 1973. He employed with this department for 17 months. Deputy Schrader was assigned to the Elsinore Station. Deputy Schrader attended the Riverside Sheriff’s 55th Basic Academy in the fall of 1973. He began his career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and did not work for any other agency prior to his hire. Deputy Schrader received numerous commendations from citizens while employed with this department.
On July 11, 1974, Deputy Schrader responded to a family disturbance (Domestic Violence) call in Rancho California (now the city of Temecula). A man and wife were arguing over the custody of their children. The wife called the Elsinore Station for assistance. When Deputy Schrader arrived, he talked to the wife about the disturbance. Deputy Schrader was informed by a neighbor that the woman’s husband (suspect) was hiding. When Deputy Schrader tried to locate the suspect, he was “surprised” by the suspect. The suspect, a U. S. Marine, had a rifle and pointed the rifle at Deputy Schrader. He ordered Schrader to give up his duty weapon or he would shoot. With no options, Deputy Schrader hoped the suspect would not shoot if he surrendered his weapon. The suspect eventually got Deputy Schrader’s gun and shot him. Deputy Schrader was killed instantly. The suspect was not convicted due to the Deputy’s gun’s evidence being compromised during the shooting investigation.
Deputy Schrader was survived by his wife, Sheryl. They did not have children. Deputy Schrader was also survived by his parents, one brother and two sisters. Deputy Schrader was born in Lynwood, California.
Deputy Schrader’s burial location is not known.