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Officer Stephen W. Sodel | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Stephen W. Sodel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 17, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Sodel was shot and killed after being abducted by a motorist he had stopped for suspicion of car theft. After his cruiser was found abandoned a massive search was undertaken and his body was found several days later four miles from the scene.

Three weeks later the 26-year-old suspect was arrested in New York City. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Sodel was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Rest In Peace Brother. After 71 years you are not forgotten

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City of Upland, CA
September 17, 2017


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