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

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Loren D. Scruggs

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, April 23, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 3186

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Scruggs was shot and killed by a suspect because he was a police officer. He had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Officer Scruggs was talking to the driver when another man parked across the street and approached him. The man asked Officer Scruggs for directions. Suddenly, the man pulled out a handgun and shot him. The suspect fled the scene, but was later found after committing suicide.

Officer Scruggs had been with the agency for nine years.

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I was a young news photographer and always think of Loren when I pass by the highway sign with his name on highway 101 north of Santa Maria: He was one of the really nice guys and more importantly, one of the good people in the world - HE was out there working for us all.

Robert W. Ginn
USMC
March 17, 2016

 

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