Officer Shannon Lee Distel

Officer Shannon Lee Distel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 27, 2003

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Shannon Lee Distel

Officer Shannon Distel was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol on Van Buren Boulevard, near Dauchy Avenue, in Riverside County.

A pickup truck pulling a trailer turned left in front him causing a collision. Officer Distel's motorcycle became wedged in between the truck and trailer and he was thrown 50 yards. He was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and charged with gross negligence and driving under the influence of drugs. The driver was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence; the charges were reduced after the drivers' drug tests returned negative.

Officer Distel had been employed with the California Highway Patrol for 6 years, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 15357
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Charged with gross negligence

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Hey buddy, your leaving us left a huge hole in our hearts, You will live on in our memories, of which they are many, we still joke about all the crazy things that you were a part of. You were an unbelievable son in law, friend and comrade. You got into the CHP after meeting me and wanting to also ride a M/C. You made be proud, your daughter was a blessing to the family and your passing is still to this day, so very hard to accept. That day I got the call is forever burned into my brain, I am sad and still dismayed, I sure miss seeing that cheesy smile of yours, many a tear has been shed over this loss and it continues. Until I see you again in the lords house, keep a watch over all of us old buddy.

Randy Campbell, Officer SLA 11443
California Highway Patrol

March 18, 2020

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