Officer Merle Lee Andrews

Officer Merle Lee Andrews

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 20, 1967

Merle Lee Andrews

Officer Merle Andrews was shot and killed while conducting a felony traffic stop of a man wanted in connection with a robbery and kidnapping.

He spotted the vehicle and called for backup as he stopped it in near Via Rivera and Paseo Lunado in Palos Verdes Estates. As he approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him. The suspect was later apprehended at a drugstore where he held three hostages, who were released unharmed.

The man had told his pastor earlier in the day that he intended to become involved in a shootout with police in order to be shot by them. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on August 30th, 1972.

Officer Andrews had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 2769

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

felony stop, robbery, suicide by cop

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STO Andrews was the partner of my father STO Tom Ferrill #2589. They were good friends and our families spent many good times together. Hopefully they are reunited and working a beat together in heaven.

Sgt. Tim Ferrill
Long Beach Police Department 1979-2006

June 23, 2018

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