Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 12, 2001

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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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Hi babe!
It's been 17 LONG years without you! As I sit here, crying because my heart hurts, I also remember the fun we had, the laughs we shared, the hugs and kisses, the quiet nights at your place watching movies, the road trips we took, making dinners together, hiking, bowling, and more. I think about how much fun we would have had in Hawaii!! OH HOW I MISS YOU! I wish I could hear your voice ONE MORE TIME, have you hold my hand ONE MORE TIME, look into your beautiful blue eyes ONE MORE TIME!!
I love you so much!
Love, me

Kristi Robinson
Steve's girlfriend

August 12, 2018

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