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Officer Andrew Todd California Highway Patrol, California


Andrew Todd "Andy" Stevens

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 13739

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Andy Stevens was shot and killed during a traffic stop in a rural area of Yolo County.

Officer Stevens, a commercial vehicle inspector, had made a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 96 at Highway 16. He approached the vehicle and greeted the driver, when he was shot and instantly killed. A bystander who witnessed the incident used Officer Stevens' police radio to call for assistance.

The suspect fled the scene, but he and a female accomplice who attempted to hide him were arrested early the next morning by members of the Placer County Sheriff's Department. Two male suspects were later convicted of first degree murder for Officer Stevens' death.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect had been hired as a hit-man to murder another man, completely unrelated to the traffic stop, and had been provided a handgun to use in the contract killing. The suspect used that handgun to shoot Officer Stevens when he was pulled over.

In exchange for her testimony against the shooter, the female accomplice pled guilty to harboring a felon and was sentenced to eight months in a residential drug rehabilitation program and five years probation. The shooter was found guilty of murder with special circumstances and sentenced to death. The man who provided the firearm was found guilty of murder and conspiracy, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Stevens had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years, and was assigned to the Valley Division. He is survived by his wife.

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Well Andy, in a few hours it will be 10 years and not a day goes by without some memory of you entering my thoughts. I play "Andy's Song" quite frequently and as I sing, memories of us working out of Woodland together flash by. We had some great times Andy, visiting a few farms educating the farmers, and you educating me on Implements Of Husbandry (lol), or the few times we split teaching time with our classes for the local trucking companies. And then the time I was laid up and you showed up at the hospital and just mosied on in out of the blue. Man, what a HUGE heart you had!!!!!
I guess I should finish this now as it is getting difficult to see the keyboard.
Continue to rest in peace, my friend. You will never be forgotten.

Motor Carrier Specialist Michael Bogdan
California Highway Patrol
November 16, 2015


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