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. On January 20, 1947, 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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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.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2021

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