Vernonia's Fallen Officer
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Chief Raymond Garcia was shot October 1, 1971. On his way back to the station at the end of his shift, Chief Garcia stopped a car for a traffic violation. Once stopped, the 80-year-old driver of the car opened fire with a .22 caliber pistol. Although mortally wounded, Chief Garcia was able to return fire, killing the suspect.
Chief Garcia succumbed to his wounds at 7:50 pm while en-route to the hospital over one hour away.
The Vernonia Police Department was a three-person agency at the time of Chief Garcia’s murder.
Chief Garcia, a Vietnam War veteran, had been with the Vernonia Police Department for three years. Aged 26 at the time of his death, he was survived by his wife and 5-week-old daughter.