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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I see RJ Kelly wrote a piece in 2017. I also worked SLA arriving in Sept 1969 and I worked with RJ. I also was taken to the spot where you were gunned down by my break in officer and told of your bravery. You will forever be in our hearts and minds. God Bless you and Your family. I’m sorry for taking so long to honor you but you will forever be a hero to all of us. Semper Fi.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP SLA, Central, SF and San Jose area.

December 20, 2018

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