California Highway Patrol Officer Shot, Killed
Updated: February 17th, 2006 01:36 PM EDT
GEORGE KELLEY and MIKE ADAMICK
Contra Costa Times via Knight Ridder
A California Highway Patrol officer was shot and killed this morning on Highway 99 just north of Modesto, and authorities are asking Bay Area motorists to be on the lookout for the suspect's vehicle.
The car, which may have been spotted in Oakland this morning, is described as a dark green 1990 Nissan Maxima with a black top, a license plate number of 5KWA335, a broken right taillight and a dented right rear core panel, according to the CHP.
The highway patrol has identified two potential suspects in the case. One man is Columbus Allen, 30, who is described as a black man with black hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 200 pounds. The other is Oscar Lee Allen, 40, who is described as a black man with black hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 195 pounds.
The six-year officer, a Ripon resident whose identity was not released, was shot during a traffic stop at about 4:40 a.m., said CHP Officer Brian Land.
All northbound lanes of Highway 99 between Modesto and Salida have been shut down.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Contra Costa Times
RIP. Hope they catch the scumbags soon.
Sad. They have the info up on the Amber Alert boards all over the place.
I wonder why he was alone at that hour - CHP normally doubles-up for the graveyard shift, though I don't know if that also applies to the commercial enforcement vehicles too (which this fellow was driving).
One suspect has turned himself in.
I wonder which one was the aspiring rap artist.
The CHP have been having a bad year.
The last CHP officer killed while on duty was Lt. Mike Walker. The 47-year-old Santa Cruz officer was struck by an out-of-control car while he set road flares around an accident on New Year's Eve. The other driver also died.
Officer David Romero, 47, was stopped at a light in Industry when he was hit by a car. He died Sept. 23. The suspected drunken driver pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
Officer Erick Manny, 35, died Dec. 21 in Kern County during a high-speed chase on Interstate 5. Authorities still are looking for a suspect in that case.
Officer Andy Stevens is the most recent officer shot to death. The 12-year CHP veteran was gunned down Nov. 17 during a traffic stop on a rural road north of Sacramento. Two men facing first-degree murder charges are being held without bail in the Yolo County jail.
don't forget the chp who was also killed in merced during a high speed chase in late Nov. on I-5-I think it was.
Murder suspect surrennders
San Francisco Chronicle
Suspect charged in slaying of CHP officer
Man, 30, surrenders hours after roadside shooting near Modesto
Paul Feist, Janine DeFao, Chronicle Staff Writers
Saturday, February 18, 2006
CHP Officer Earl Scott, 36, was gunned down during a rout... Chronicle Graphic Stevens. Califoria Highway Patrol file photo, via Associa... Walker. California Highway Patrol file photo
Salida, Stanislaus County -- A man who turned himself in to the Stockton Police Department on Friday hours after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot to death on the side of Highway 99 was arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said.
Columbus Jr. Allen II, 30, was being held in connection with the death of CHP Officer Earl Scott, 36, of Hughson, according to authorities.
The shooting occurred about 4:40 a.m. during a traffic stop on northbound Highway 99 near Hammett Road in Salida, north of Modesto.
At a news conference Friday, Stanislaus County sheriff and CHP officials wouldn't say if Allen had confessed, but said he provided information linking himself to the shooting.
Officials were unclear whether they believe Allen acted alone or if others were involved.
"We're currently following leads on other potential suspects or witnesses," acting Sheriff Mark Puthuff said. "The investigation is unfolding as we speak."
CHP Capt. Lenley Duncan said, "Right now, the only suspect we have is in custody."
Authorities said they had not recovered a weapon nor the 1990 dark-colored Nissan Maxima that Scott had pulled over moments before he was killed. As Scott was checking the car's registration, someone in it opened fire, hitting the officer in the face.
The Nissan sped away, but it was identified through the car's registration, which was found in Scott's hand. Scott was later pronounced dead at the scene.
"This was a basic traffic stop," Duncan said. "It was an everyday stop."
A witness to the shooting called 911 to report that an officer "appeared to be going down," authorities said.
Allen, who officials say is related to the registered owner of the Nissan, turned himself in to the police at about 8 a.m., officials said.
The car, which authorities said wasn't reported stolen, is registered to Bertera Allen of Stockton, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Phone calls to her home went unanswered.
All over the state Friday, electronic road signs -- usually used to alert motorists to traffic conditions or Amber alerts -- were flashing the car description and license plate.
The stretch of Highway 99 where the shooting occurred is flanked by single-family homes on one side and a railroad track and blooming almond orchards on the other.
CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said Scott was the fifth officer to die on duty in five months. "Quite frankly, we want this to stop," he said.
Authorities described Scott as a selfless officer who always put others ahead of himself.
"You knew without a doubt if I was on the side of the road, he would do everything to get to me and my family to save us," said CHP spokesman Officer Tom Killian. "He died on the side of the roadway by himself. It is hard."
"This is a loss of a distinguished officer," Puthuff said. "It is felt by all of us."
Scott is the son of a retired CHP sergeant from Monterey, and two of his uncles retired from the CHP in Modesto, Killian said.
"He never talked about that," Killian said. "He was wanting to make his own way."
Scott was unmarried and was just shy of marking his fifth anniversary with the CHP. He had been at the Modesto office for about three years. Previously, he worked out of the Oakland CHP office.
Killian described Scott as "well-liked in the department." Being single, he hung out with other single officers, Killian said, having them over for barbecues, to smoke cigars, and to watch movies and ballgames.
Scott was the 208th officer to die in the line of duty in the department's 76-year history, Brown said.
He was the third officer from the Modesto office to die and the first from gunfire, Killian said. The other officers died in traffic accidents in 1936 and 1970.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the flags at the Capitol at half-staff in honor of Scott.
5 months, 5 CHP officers dead
Sept. 23, 2005: A suspected drunken driver strikes motorcycle Officer David Romero, 47, at an Industry (Los Angeles County) intersection. Romero, a 23-year CHP veteran, was a father of five.
Nov. 17, 2005: Officer Andrew Stevens, 37, a 13-year CHP veteran, is shot to death during a traffic stop in Woodland, near Sacramento.
Dec. 21, 2005: Officer Erick Manny, 35, is killed after losing control of his car while chasing a motorist on Interstate 5 in Kern County. A four-year CHP veteran, he left two children.
Dec. 31, 2005: Lt. Mike Walker, 47, is lighting flares at the scene of a car accident on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz when a Caltrans truck is struck by another car and plows into him. The father of two young daughters, he was a 24-year CHP veteran.
Feb. 17, 2006: Officer Earl Scott is shot to death during a traffic stop on Highway 99 near Ripon (Stanislaus County). He had been on the job for five years.
Chronicle Staff Writers Cicero A. Estrella and Suzanne Herel contributed to this report. E-mail the writers at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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