SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Highway Patrol officer who was shot by a suspect during a traffic stop Tuesday died Wednesday evening.
Kenyon M. Youngstrom, 37, and his partner conducted a traffic stop on southbound Interstate 680, near Alamo, Tuesday morning. Youngstrom talked to the suspect, Christopher Boone Lacy, for a few minutes when Lacy pulled a gun on the officer and shot him. Youngstrom's partner shot and killed Lacey in defense.
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Youngstrom was taken to a Walnut Creek hospital in critical condition. He was put on life-support, and then Wednesday evening pronounced dead.
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Youngstrom was with the CHP for seven years after he graduated from the academy in February 2006. He is the 223rd CHP officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1929.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow released the following statement:
"This is a very sad day for the CHP as well as all Californians. Officer Youngstrom was a valued member of the CHP family, a dedicated officer and soldier who gave his life serving the people of California. He now joins a distinguished group of heroes whose names are engraved upon the CHP Memorial Fountain and who will forever be remembered for their valiant sacrifice and service.
"On behalf of the men and women of the California Highway Patrol, I wish to thank all of those who have kept Officer Youngstrom, his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. We will be forever grateful for the continued support of the public, the public safety agencies and Good Samaritans that rendered their assistance to our officer at the scene, and the community and medical personnel following Tuesday's tragic events. That support gives all of us strength during these moments of grief and mourning."
Youngstrom also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994 to 2000, reaching the rank of specialist.
Gov. Jerry Brown said flags will be flown at half-staff in Youngstrom's honor.
"Anne and I extend our deep condolences to Officer Youngstrom's family, friends and colleagues as they mourn the tragic loss of this dedicated officer, father, husband, veteran and friend," Brown said in a statement. "Officer Youngstrom died protecting the community he served, and we are grateful to him for that. We will always remember his courage, commitment and service."
Youngstrom is survived by his wife, Karen, their two sons and two daughters, parents, Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom of Riverside, Calif., four brothers and a sister.