Officer William P. Sniffen

Officer William P. Sniffen

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 5, 1973

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William P. Sniffen

Officer William Sniffen was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a speeding motorist on the Nimitz Freeway. The vehicle he was pursuing rear-ended another car and burst into flames. Officer Sniffen was unable to stop and slid underneath the burning vehicle.

Officer Sniffen had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 4464

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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