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Officer William P. Sniffen | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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William P. Sniffen

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Thursday, April 5, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 4464

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Officer William Sniffen was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a speeding motorist on the Nimitz Freeway. The vehicle he was pursuing rear-ended another car and burst into flames. Officer Sniffen was unable to stop and slid underneath the burning vehicle.

Officer Sniffen had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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