Officer Youngstrom stopped on shoulder of I-680 near Livorna Road in Alamo at about 8:20 am. He had stopped to remove a deer carcass from the roadway. At the same time, another officer notified him via radio that a Jeep Wrangler with an obstructed license plate was being stopped. The suspect vehicle pulled up behind Youngstrom’s vehicle. Officer Youngstrom approached the driver as the other CHP officer pulled up behind the suspect vehicle.
Officer Youngstrom was standing outside the suspect driver’s door talking with him when he retrieved a Glock semiautomatic pistol and shot the officer. The bullet struck Officer Youngstrom in the head, knocking him down into the travel lane of the freeway. The other officer returned fire, killing the suspect. This suspect was later identified as Christopher Lacy, 36, from Corning in Tehama County. Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.
Officer Youngstrom was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he remained on life support. He succumbed to his injuries and died about 6:30 pm Wednesday. Youngstrom’s wishes were for his organs to be donated. He gave his life serving his community. Even in death, he continued to give to his fellow man. Officer Youngstrom is the 223rd CHP Officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1929.
Officer Youngstrom was an Army veteran who served the California Highway Patrol for 7 years. He is survived by his wife, Karen; 4 children; parents, and siblings, four brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.
California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, gone but never forgotten.
EOW: September 5, 2012
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