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Officer Kenneth Grant Roediger | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Kenneth Grant Roediger

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Saturday, August 5, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 7531

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Kenneth Roediger was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a suspect during a traffic stop. During the arrest, a struggle ensued and Officer Roediger was able to force the suspect to the ground and began to handcuff him. As he did so, the suspect grabbed Officer Roediger's weapon and shot him. Officer Roediger's partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

The suspect had recently been paroled from prison where he served part of a life sentence for beating an 89-year-old Los Angeles man to death in 1956.

Officer Roediger had served with the California Highway Patrol for two years.

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Well it has now been 44 years since Kenny's death. I was a patrol Deputy working out of ELA that night and had just finished helping Kenny and his partner Officer Roy booking some gang members. It was about 20 minutes later the shots fired, officer down call came out and Kenny was gone by the time we responded. I always liked Kenny and enjoyed his great sense of humor. He was a great cop, a great friend in the field and to this day I miss our friendly banter and contacts. I sent a fax to both Montebello CHP and ELA Sheriff's Station on Aug 5th, the 44th anniversary of his passing to ask them to reflect on a fallen hero.

Sgt/Ret Robert Storm Murcott
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
August 7, 2016


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