Officer Merle Lee Andrews

Officer Merle Lee Andrews

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 20, 1967

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Merle Lee Andrews

Officer Merle Andrews was shot and killed while conducting a felony traffic stop of a man wanted in connection with a robbery and kidnapping.

He spotted the vehicle and called for backup as he stopped it in near Via Rivera and Paseo Lunado in Palos Verdes Estates. As he approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him. The suspect was later apprehended at a drugstore where he held three hostages, who were released unharmed.

The man had told his pastor earlier in the day that he intended to become involved in a shootout with police in order to be shot by them. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on August 30th, 1972.

Officer Andrews had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 2769

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

felony stop, robbery, suicide by cop

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My father, Tom Ferrill #2589 was Merle's partner and close friend. I was going through some of my fathers personal effects today and came across several pictures of them at the Colorado river. Our families made many river trips together. Hopefully they are reunited, having a cold beer and telling stories. Great crew at the south Los Angeles Office.

Tim Ferrill, Sergeant, retired
Long Beach Police Department

December 20, 2019

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