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Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr. | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Sunday, August 12, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 13812

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Stephen Linen was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at approximately 6:00 am while making a traffic stop on I-5, near Leucadia Boulevard, in Encinitas.

He was struck as he was speaking with the driver of the car he had stopped. The drunk driver collided into the rear of his patrol car, which burst into flames, pushing it into Officer Linen.

He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver, who was returning from an evening in Mexico, was apprehended on suspicion of drunk driving.

Officer Linen had served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his parents and a brother.

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Officer Linen, We have the privilege of overlooking your park here in Temecula. Our balcony affords us an opportunity to see families creating memories right before our eyes. In the interest of full disclosure, I've had this house for six years and two days, but my Navy work has prevented me from getting to know our community as well as I intend to. We're honored to have this memorial right here in our backyard. Rest easy, brother. We have the watch. V/r, Chief Mark S.

Chief Petty Officer
U.S. Navy
August 26, 2017


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