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Governor praises CHP officer killed in Walnut Creek shootout

CHP Officer Kenyon M. YoungstromGov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday night praised a slain California Highway Patrol Officer, saying his "courage, commitment and service" will always be remembered.

Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom 37, died Wednesday night, a day after he was gravely wounded in a shootout on Interstate 680 south of Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County.

"Officer Youngstrom died protecting the community he served, and we are grateful to him for that," Brown said in a statement. "We will always remember his courage, commitment and service.”

The governor said Capitol flags would be flown at half-staff in honor of Youngstrom, who was the 223rd CHP officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1929.

Youngstrom was a seven-year CHP veteran and father of four. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994 to 2000 and achieved the rank of specialist.

When Youngstrom pulled over a motorist in a green Jeep Wrangler, the driver quickly pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officer, authorities said. A second officer at the scene shot the driver, who was later pronounced dead. He was identified as Christopher Boone Lacy, 36.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom. Credit: California Highway Patrol

 
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