Kenneth Royal responded to back up a fellow officer
who had initiated a felony vehicle stop on two subjects believed
to be responsible for the armed robbery of a south area tavern that
had been broadcast minutes earlier.
After repeated demands by the officer who had made
the stop for the suspects to exit the vehicle, the driver suddenly
jumped from the car and fled on foot across a nearby field. Officer
Royal arrived at the scene and while his fellow officer covered
him, he approached the suspect still inside the car. The man opened
the car door and began to exit. Suddenly, he drew a gun from his
waistband and fired, striking Officer Royal. Both officers returned
fire as the suspect attempted to flee. He collapsed in the field
from his injuries.
Officer Royal died at the scene. The suspect who
fled earlier was captured by officers a short time later. Officer
Royal's assailant recovered from his gunshot wounds and was sentenced
to state prison for armed robbery and murder.
The Kenneth B. Royal Firing Range located at the
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center is named in memory of Officer Royal.
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