Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 12, 2001

Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

Officer Stephen Linen was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at approximately 6:00 am while making a traffic stop on I-5, near Leucadia Boulevard, in Encinitas.

He was struck as he was speaking with the driver of the car he had stopped. The drunk driver collided into the rear of his patrol car, which burst into flames, pushing it into Officer Linen.

He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver, who was returning from an evening in Mexico, was apprehended on suspicion of drunk driving.

Officer Linen had served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his parents and a brother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 13812

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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Officer Linen, We have the privilege of overlooking your park here in Temecula. Our balcony affords us an opportunity to see families creating memories right before our eyes. In the interest of full disclosure, I've had this house for six years and two days, but my Navy work has prevented me from getting to know our community as well as I intend to. We're honored to have this memorial right here in our backyard. Rest easy, brother. We have the watch. V/r, Chief Mark S.

Chief Petty Officer
U.S. Navy

August 26, 2017

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