Officer Kenyon Youngstrom California Highway Patrol, California End of Watch: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom | California Highway Patrol, CaliforniaCalifornia Highway Patrol, California

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 37
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 18063

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 4, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Commissioner Joseph Farrow
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 657-7261

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while making a traffic stop with another officer on southbound I-680, near Livorna Road in Alamo, at approximately 8:20 am.
Officer Youngstrom had stopped on the shoulder of the freeway to check on deer carcass when the other officer radioed to him that he was pulling over a vehicle for an obstructed license plate. As the vehicle approached Officer Youngstrom’s position he signaled for the driver to pull in behind his parked patrol car.
After the vehicle stopped Officer Youngstrom began speaking with the driver as the other officer parked behind them. Officer Youngstrom was still speaking with the subject when the man suddenly pulled a handgun and shot him in the head through the window, knocking him into the travel lane of the of the highway.
The other officer immediately returned fire, killing the subject.
Officer Youngstrom was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wound.
Officer Youngstrom was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and five siblings.

The California Highway Patrol issued this news release late Wednesday announcing the death of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was shot during a traffic stop near Alamo on Tuesday morning:


This evening at approximately 6:05 PM. CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was pronounced deceased.

Officer Youngstrom entered the CHP Academy in August 2005 and was assigned to the CHP’s Contra Costa Area upon graduation in February 2006. He transferred to the CHP’s Golden Gate Division headquarters in January 2009 and most recently transferred back to the Contra Costa Area office on Aug. 1, 2012.

Officer Youngstrom served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1994 to 2000, attaining the rank of Specialist. Officer Youngstrom is the 223rd CHP officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1929. He was 37 years old.

Kenyon is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons and two daughters, parents, Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom of Riverside, Calif., four brothers and a sister.

This tragedy is life altering for his family whom he cherished, and is a tragedy that has affected us all deeply to the core. His family remains strong, united, and courageous. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Officer Youngstrom was known by all around him for his love of God, love for family, and love for his job. He radiated joy and genuine care for all around him. His service and dedication were unwavering.

In his continued

commitment to service and contribution, Officer Youngstrom prearranged in the case of his passing, to have his organs donated. His organs which are being donated will save many lives.

Officer Youngstrom’s family wanted to once again express their deepest gratitude to the law enforcement family, first responders, medical staff, members of the public, and the media for their support.

There is a memorial fund set up at any Wells Fargo branch where you can donate to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Family. You are welcome to show your support by entering into any Wells Fargo branch and making a donation to The Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial fund.

Information regarding Memorial services will be provided at a later time.

We ask that you please respect the families’ privacy as they grieve together… in order to learn how to face tomorrow without Kenyon.

Thank you again for your support.


2 Responses to “Officer Kenyon Youngstrom California Highway Patrol, California End of Watch: Wednesday, September 5, 2012”

  1. 1 Joan Parker September 6, 2012 at 15:57

    Rest In Peace Officer Youngstrom…

  2. 2 Shere Peterson September 6, 2012 at 17:44

    Rest in peace, Officer Youngstrom…..thank you for your service to your country and the state of California…..may God be with your family and comfort them with loving memories of you. May God be especially close to your wife and your 4 children……my heart goes out to them.

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