Ralph L. Anderson

End of Watch

October 25, 1968

Patrol Inspector Anderson was assigned to the 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. shift on the international boundary near San Ysidro, California.  Shortly after 4:00 p.m., Patrol Inspector Charles Thompson found Patrol Inspector Anderson in a Service-owned vehicle in a remote area near the Mexican border east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. There was a bullet wound in Inspector Anderson’s right temple and a 218 “Bee” Savage bolt action rifle inside the vehicle, with the muzzle pointing upward and leaning toward the decedent.  An investigation conducted by FBI Agent Nicks revealed the rifle was carried loose inside the vehicle with the muzzle upward. There was no indication of any other person or persons having been in the area. San Diego County Deputy Coroner Murphy concluded the mode of death to be accidental.

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