On December 12, 1961, Sheriff's deputies Roger
Bauman and Warren Lee responded to a bar on Auburn Boulevard at
the closing hour where the proprietress reported a robbery attempt
by an intoxicated subject armed with a gun. The officers observed
the suspect vehicle a short time later and a pursuit ensued covering
several blocks. Twice the suspect attempted to sideswipe the marked
unit until the officers were finally able to force the suspect to
stop to avoid driving into an open ditch.
Officer Bauman, who was still inside the vehicle,
had his service revolver pointed at the suspect while Officer Lee
ran to the rear of the squad car and around to the suspect's vehicle.
Officer Lee then heard two shots. An exchange of gunfire between
the suspect and Officer Bauman left the suspect dead at the scene.
Officer Bauman died a short time later in the hospital following
The Roger Bauman Facility exists today at the Rio
Cosumnes Correctional Center as a tribute to the memory of this
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