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Officer Merle Lee Andrews | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Merle Lee Andrews

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 20, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 2769

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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. As he approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him. The suspect was later apprehended at a drug store where he held three hostages who were released unharmed.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on August 30, 1972.

Officer Andrews had been with the agency for nine years.

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Thank you Officer Andrews.

Tony Andrews
Police Chaplain
February 8, 2017

 

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