Jerry Maddox, LAPD killed in 1969

jerry-maddox-lapd-1960sPoliceman Jerry Maddox was shot and killed as he attempted to break up a gang fight at the Aliso-Gardens housing projects on 6th & South Gless Streets. A 16-year-old youth, Alfredo Bryan, got into a physical altercation with the officer, and he was able to get control of his weapon and shot Officer Maddox in the neck. According to the police, Bryan shot him twice more in the back as he lay on the ground. Bryan was apprehended after he was shot twice in an exchange of gunfire with other officers.

At the time, Bryan had a lengthy juvenile record, and he admitted in juvenile court that he killed Officer Maddox. He was sentenced to a California Youth Authority (CYA) institution but the CYA refused to accept him saying he could not be rehabilitated by the time of his mandatory release at age 21. Since Bryant did not have anywhere to do his time as a juvenile, he was released on $31,000 bail while the State of California decided if he could be tried as an adult.

On July 17, 1972, while out on bail, Bryan was again jailed after being implicated in the murder of a rival gang member Javier Medina, 23, and taken into custody for a second killing. The State decided to try him as an adult for the killing of Officer Maddox and on June 26, 1973, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to five years to life. He was acquitted in the gang related murder of Medina.

In April of 1976 the California Supreme Court decided the conviction in juvenile court and and his conviction as an adult constituted double jeopardy, and ordered his release from prison.

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