Officer Stephen W. Sodel

Officer Stephen W. Sodel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, September 17, 1946

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Stephen W. Sodel

Officer Sodel was shot and killed after being abducted by a motorist he had stopped for suspicion of car theft. After his cruiser was found abandoned a massive search was undertaken and his body was found several days later four miles from the scene.

Three weeks later the 26-year-old suspect was arrested in New York City. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Sodel was survived by his wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Sodel,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2021

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