Officer Charles H. Sorenson

Officer Charles H. Sorenson

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, March 15, 1963

Charles H. Sorenson

Officer Charles Sorenson was shot and killed in Rio Vista, California, while chasing two suspected armed robbers.

He was on patrol when he spotted the suspect vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He gave chase to the vehicle until it crashed near the Rio Vista Bridge over the Sacramento River. The suspects fled into an abandoned house and then shot Officer Sorenson in the neck as as he came around the corner.

The two suspects then stole Officer Sorenson's cruiser and led other officers on a chase at speeds of 130 mph. The suspects were finally stopped when they rammed a police roadblock six miles east of Fairfield, killing Deputy Sheriff Hale Humphrey of the Solano County Sheriff's Department. Both suspects, ages 18 and 16, were apprehended and charged in the deaths of both officers.

The 16-year-old suspect was turned over to the California Youth Authority. The 18-year-old suspect, who was the driver of the car and the gunman, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on September 17th, 1963.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2341

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

foot pursuit, pursuit, robbery

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The killer's sentence was commuted to life due to Furman. I am not sure what happened to him.


August 12, 2016

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