Officer Ambers Shewmaker was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle for speeding near Banning. Unbeknownst to him the car had been stolen and the driver was wanted for an earlier robbery in Riverside. As he was using his radio the suspect walked up beside his car and shot him point blank in the head. The suspect was apprehended twelve hours later after a high speed chase in Palm Springs.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 14, 1971.
Officer Shewmaker had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine months.p