Officer Justin McGrory California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Photograph: Officer Justin McGrory Patch image: California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Justin McGrory
California Highway Patrol
California

End of Watch: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 2 years, 8 months
Badge Number: 18606

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Charged with vehicular manslaughter

Officer Just McGrory was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a field sobriety test on I-15 in Barstow at 3:38 am.
He and his partner had stopped a suspected drunk driver and were administering the tests when he was struck. His partner was not injured. The drunk driver who struck him stopped a short distance away. He was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Officer McGrory had served with the California Highway Patrol for almost three years. He is survived by his wife and three small children.

Agency Contact Information
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 657-7261
Please contact the California Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

BARSTOW, Calif.—A California Highway Patrol officer was struck and killed Sunday when a car veered onto the shoulder of the freeway during a traffic stop in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

The incident happened about 3:40 a.m. when two officers stopped a vehicle for speeding on the northbound 15 Freeway in Barstow, CHP Officer Mario Lopez said.

A 2009 Pontiac G6 traveling north clipped the right rear of the patrol car and struck Officer Justin McGrory. He was airlifted to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac, 18-year-old Rafael Garcia of Las Vegas, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Circumstances of the collision are still under investigation, Lopez said. Nobody else was hurt.

McGrory, 28, joined the CHP in 2007 and was assigned to the Barstow area office. He is survived by his wife, a 7-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 4 and 1.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed condolences Sunday at the death of McGrory.

"He was selfless and dedicated, and committed his life to protecting the safety of all Californians," Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. "We extend our thoughts and prayers to Justin’s family, loved ones, and the entire Victorville community as they mourn the loss of a father, son and outstanding officer."

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