1912 – Del Macintyre – Officer – Riverside Police Department

Officer Del Macintyre

Biographical Info:

Born: Unknown
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 5

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 3, 1912
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Never apprehended

Officer Del Macintyre was a “Night Watchman” for the Riverside Police Department in February of 1912. He had been a member of the department for a year and was assigned to the Arlington Station, located near a fire station at Magnolia and Roosevelt streets. (In fact, the fire station had an enclosed holding cell inside the building for police use). The City of Riverside had an on-going problem with transients in 1912, particularly in the Arlington area of the City. Officer McIntyre was aware of this fact and, according to the Riverside Daily Press, made regular rounds of the local barns, farmhouses and orange groves to guard against the “Depredations of the hobos.” On the night of February 3rd, Officer McIntyre was checking a barn at the corner of Indiana and Jefferson streets when he found a transient who had broken into the barn and was preparing to spend the night. Officer McIntyre searched the man and found he had “burglary tools”, a police billy club and a bottle of strychnine. Officer McIntyre arrested the man and walked him to the Arlington Sante Fe train depot where he locked the suspect in a box car and then made a telephone call to Police Headquarters to advise of the arrest. Officer McIntyre told the Chief what he had found and was subsequently instructed to take the “Electric car” downtown and book the suspect into the county jail. Officer McIntyre walked his suspect down Van Buren Boulevard. When they reached Canal Street, the suspect ran into the nearby orange groves. Officer McIntyre gave chase and fired warning shots at the suspect’s feet until his revolver was empty. As Officer McIntyre closed the distance between himself and his arrestee, the suspect suddenly turned and fired one shot from a .25 caliber revolver which was believed to have been hidden in the sleeve of his clothing. The bullet struck Officer McIntyre squarely in the upper body and he fell to the ground. A doctor, who lived nearby, heard the shot and found McIntyre calling for help. The doctor rendered medical aid and called other area doctors for help. A call was made to the police station as well as to the Riverside General Hospital and an ambulance was sent. All eleven Riverside Police Department officers (including the Chief) hurried to the scene of the shooting and began a vigorous search for the suspect. The Sheriff of Riverside County and his deputies broadened their search into San Bernardino County (Ontario and Chino), and later into Orange County. The Sheriff of San Bernardino and his deputies took over the river bottom search from Colton and continued further into San Bernardino County. The Riverside Chief of Police deputized fifty men and raided local stores for their guns and ammunition. Dozens of small posses searched for the suspect. One posse included the Mayor of Riverside and another one included the ex-mayor, both armed with rifles. The manhunt lasted for three days and included more than two hundred men before it was finally called off. The Riverside Police Department offered a $150 reward for the capture of the suspect, $50 of which was donated by the Riverside Police Chief (The Chief’s salary in 1912 was $125 a month). However, the suspect was never captured. It is not known why Officer McIntyre did not handcuff his prisoner or how he missed the revolver in the suspect’s sleeve during the search. On this topic, Chief of Police Coburn said, “His only fault is an inclination to be too easy with the prisoners and I believe his actions toward this thug was the cause of his being wounded. The man (suspect) was a wise fellow, whoever he is. He waited until McIntyre had emptied his gun, counting the six shots, turned on him and then shot him like he would a dog.” Officer McIntyre was taken to the Riverside General Hospital, where it was discovered that the bullet had lodged itself in the officer’s spine, causing paralysis of his lower body. The doctors believed that Officer McIntyre’s injury was fatal. He was able to give a dying declaration to the Coroner. However, McIntyre did not immediately die from his injuries. He survived and was wheelchair bound as a result of the paralysis.  He lived an apparently painful life for five more years. Despite the pain and suffering, the Riverside Daily Press noted that Officer McIntyre never uttered a complaint and was well cared for by his family. Officer McIntyre passed away in July of 1917 at 38 years of age.

Officer Macintyre is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside.

1912 – John Baird – Deputy Chief – Riverside Police Department

Deputy Chief John Baird

Biographical Info:

Born: UnknownAge: 33
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Unknown

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 15, 1912
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Sentenced to 10 years (murdered by fellow officer)

John Baird had been the Deputy Chief for the Riverside Police Department for about one year in 1912. He was known as a very capable officer and had moved up through the ranks very quickly. In fact, when the Chief of Police had passed away from natural causes in December of 1912, Deputy Chief Baird had been named acting chief until a new chief could be appointed. At 33 years of age, Deputy Chief Baird was on the short list for the position.

On the night of December 14th and the early morning of December 15th, Riverside Police Department Patrolman Bert Barrett investigated a “disorderly House” (brothel) on 8th street (now University Avenue) where he had found several women and several cases of beer inside the house. Although eight years before Prohibition, Riverside County was listed as a “dry” county and the sales of alcohol was illegal (as was prostitution).

Deputy Chief Baird responded to the house to assist with the investigation, but soon noticed an odor of alcohol on Officer Barrett’s breath. The Deputy Chief reprimanded the officer for drinking on duty when a third officer intervened and suggested they continue their conversation at the Chief’s office (which was located in the Loring Building at Main and Mission Inn streets).

Back at the office, Deputy Chief Baird reprimanded Officer Barrett once again for drinking on duty. The argument became heated and Officer Barrett called the Deputy Chief a “son of a bitch.” Both men came to their feet and squared off as if to fight. Officer William Lucas came between the two men and prevented a physical altercation. Tempers were cooled and Officer Lucas told both men he was leaving for home (it was about 12:15a.m. by this point).

Officer Lucas collected his belongings and stepped onto the sidewalk in front of the Police Station on Mission Inn street. As Lucas closed the door, a gunshot rang out from inside the Chief’s office. Lucas rushed back into the building and towards the direction of the Chief’s office, hearing two more shots as he went. When Lucas opened the door to the back room where he had just left the two arguing men, he saw Officer Barrett standing over Deputy Chief Baird, who was suffering from three gunshot wounds to the head. Barrett was holding a smoking revolver in his hand.

Barrett turned to Officer Lucas and said “I guess I’ve done it.” Lucas replied “I guess you have.”

The Deputy Chief was still alive when Lucas entered the room, but he was unable to speak. Officer Lucas immediately called for a doctor while Barrett slowly changed out of his uniform and into his regular clothes. Half an hour after having been shot in the head three times, Deputy Chief Baird died of his injuries on the floor of the Chief’s office.

Officer Lucas took custody of Barrett and walked him to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office jail to book him in for murder. While at the jail, Barrett suddenly produced from his coat the same revolver with which he had shot the Deputy Chief and placed the barrel against his own chest in an apparent suicide attempt. However, a Sheriff’s Deputy quickly took the gun away from Barrett and prevented the suicide.

It was unclear why Barrett killed Deputy Chief Baird over what appeared to be a simple argument. However, the Riverside Daily Press stated “There had long been bad blood between the two men and Barret had been drinking. It was rumored some of the older officers resented the placing over them of a man younger in years in the service than themselves, and Baird’s nagging habit irritated an exasperated Barrett, particularly when he was in liquor. Barrett admitted lastthat during the night of the murder, he had been “drinking more than usual.” All Riverside Police Department officers interviewed by the Riverside Daily Press newspaper denied there was any friction or jealousy within the department.

Barrett was eventually charged with Baird’s murder. Barrett pled not guilty and later testified he had shot Baird in self-defense when he thought Baird was reaching for a gun in his coat pocket. Barrett stated he did not mean to kill the Deputy Chief. However, testimony from Officer Lucas, a local doctor and the undertaker all confirmed that Deputy Chief Baird’s gun was securely holstered and under a buttoned coat when he was shot. No other weapon had been found on the body.

Barrett’s trial lasted four days and his lawyers argued for a charge of manslaughter based on self-defense. However, the judge dismissed the theory of self-defense based on the three shots fired. The jury deliberated for seven hours before rendering a verdict of guilty of manslaughter. A “reliable source” told the press that the verdict was a compromise, because in early deliberations, four jurors had voted for 1st degree murder, three had voted for 2nd degree murder, two for manslaughter, and three for acquittal.

The judge sentenced Barrett to the maximum of ten years in prison and Riverside County Sheriff Wilson delivered him to San Quentin the next day via train.

Deputy Chief Baird is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside.

1895 – Frank Hamilton – Special Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Special Deputy Frank Hamilton

Biographical Info:
Age: 34

Tour of Duty: 4 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 8, 1895
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Suspect’s name/info not available
Deputy Frank Hamilton was shot and killed by a man who had threatened him.

Deputy Frank Hamilton, was a Native American, had greeted the suspect who responded back with a racial epithet. After exchanging words, Deputy Hamilton left the business he was checking on. The suspect also left, retrieved a revolver, and went in search of Deputy Hamilton. The man located Deputy Hamilton in an alleyway and shot him twice. Deputy Hamilton succumbed to the gunshot wounds the following day. Deputy Hamilton had served with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office for four months.

Special Deputy Frank Hamilton is Riverside County’s first known law enforcement officer death (LODD).
Riverside County was incorporated on May 9, 1893.