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Officer Glenn W. Carlson | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

Glenn W. Carlson

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 15, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2699

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: All released from prison

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Officer Glenn Carlson was shot and killed while attempting to stop suspected bank robbers. He had stopped the men and written the driver a speeding ticket. As the car pulled away he learned that the license plates had been stolen. He called for backup and began to chase the suspects. The suspect's vehicle suddenly stopped and one of the men jumped out and opened fire, striking Officer Carlson five times. All of the men were apprehended and two were later released. The third suspect never finished his prison time and is still wanted by California authorities.

Officer Carlson was survived by his wife and three children.

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I started with the Sacramento Police Department in August 1963. Our department got word that the two bank robbers who killed Officer Carlson were on the way to the Sacramento Executive Airport in a small rented plane. Five officers went there under the direction of Captain Les White. Because I was new, I was told to stand with Captain White as the plane landed. The other officers who had shotguns took up positions further away from where the plane was going to land. I ended up behind a baggage cart with Captain White. The plane landed and these two guys (I think I remember their names as Mealman and Burns) got out of the plane and started walking towards us. We stood up and Captain White said, "Put your hands up or you're dead." Both men, who I noticed had brown slush type mud on their shores, immediately reached behind their backs for their guns. I had my .357 Mag pointed at both of them and almost pulled the trigger. I was just 22 years old. Both men put their hands up and we arrested them for for the murder of Officer Carlton. They had a briefcase full of money in their hands.
The thing that got me about this arrest that I will never forget is one of them saying "I shot him and blew him across the highway." He was in the back seat of our patrol car and I remember what a cold blooded killer he was and how I wanted to go back there and do him harm. I didn't. This is the first time in 50 years that I looked up Officer Carlson as he has been on my mind for over 50 years. God Bless the California Highway Patrol and our other police agencies!

James D. LLOY , Retired Sergeant
Sacrameto Police Department
January 20, 2015

 

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