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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace Officer Sodel and Olav Hashalom.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 21, 2019

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