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Officer Loren D. Scruggs | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Loren D. Scruggs

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, April 23, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 3186

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Loren Scruggs was shot and killed from ambush while conducting a traffic stop.

He had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Betteravia Road, one mile east of Highway 101, near Santa Maria. As he talked to the driver another man parked across the street and approached him. The man asked Officer Scruggs for directions and then suddenly pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and shot him. The suspect fled the scene, but was later found after committing suicide.

Officer Scruggs was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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RIP brother, you will never be forgotten.

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March 24, 2017


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