On October 15, 1975, at 11:15 a.m., an off-duty Ontario officer observed a wanted homicide suspect walking along the Interstate 10 freeway. Several officers were assigned to the area, one of which began taking rifle rounds as he approached and adjacent apartment complex. The suspect had made his way to this complex. Officer Hyche approached the area from the opposite direction, and turned into this same apartment complex. He exited his vehicle in a parking area to wave down a gardener to ask for information. As he did so, the suspect fired from the corner of one of the apartments, striking Hyche in the chest. Two other officers risked their lives to rescue Hyche, but they were too late. The suspect was later talked out of hiding and was successfully prosecuted for murder.