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Officer David W. Copleman | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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David W. Copleman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Saturday, April 6, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # 10503

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Officer Copleman was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a speeding motorist in Ventura County. During the pursuit an oncoming van swerved to avoid traffic, colliding head-on and killing Officer Copleman. The motorcycle driver was eventually apprehended and charged in connection with Officer Copleman's death.

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My uncle was David Wayne Copleman. Thank you all so much for all the kind words. My uncle was the only hero I've ever had. He was an amazing jokester. Comedy was his center, thank you Bill P. For giving a shout out to David's Curly impersonation. And thank you to Steven Amiott for the anecdote. It's awesome to see people affected by David in so many positive ways. It warms my heart that David is still alive in all of you. I miss my uncle and thank you for the fond memories for me to reflect upon.

Jake Sullivan Nephew of David Copkeman
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May 30, 2017

 

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