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Murder Weapon Identified. Officer Weapon Missing.

4484Officer Edwards’ personal firearm is missing and is a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson AirWeight 2″ barrel, blue steel, five-shot revolver, serial number 328314.  The revolver has standard wood grips.

The murder weapon was a 9mm, semi-automatic pistol, browning, cartridge cases and bullets recovered are good for comparison and exhibit the following characteristics.

Bullets:  9mm parabellum, 6 lands and grooves, right hand twist.  Lands .085

The Los Angeles Police Protective League is offering $17,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this murder.

Gun Shots Heard

4484Friday, May 7, 1976 ~ On May 11, 1974, at approximately 0030 to 0100 hours, residents in the area where Officer Edwards was discovered, heard several gunshots.

The officer’s vehicle was recovered at 1034 W 186th Street, Los Angeles, on May 11, 1974, 2330 hours.  This area is near the Ascot Racewayand is a frequent “drop spot” for stolen vehicles.

California License Plate 773 FTO

4484Friday, May 7, 1976 ~ Officer Edwards was last seen alive at the Los Angeles Police Academy on May 10, 1974 at approximately 2230 hours. He drove from the Academy in his own 1972 Ford Pinto station wagon, gold in color, with California plates.

Officer Down ~ Handcuffed & Murdered

4484Friday, May 7, 1976 ~ On May 11, 1974 at 7pm, the LAPD Officer Michael Lee Edwards was discovered in a fire damaged one story vacant triplex at 122 1/2 West 89th St, Los Angeles. The officer had been handcuffed and shot to death.

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