Officer Roy P. Blecher

Officer Roy P. Blecher

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, December 22, 1978

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Roy P. Blecher

Officer Roy Blecher and Officer William Freeman were shot and killed while patrolling together on I-80 in West Sacramento.

Their bodies were found after they made a traffic stop at approximately 0300 hours. Investigators found a sign of a struggle. Officer Blecher was found with his hands handcuffed behind his back and shot once in the head.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life. He died in prison on April 16th, 2016.

Officer Blecher was a United States Marine Corps and California Army National Guard veteran. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and a son.

In 1994, an elevated portion of Interstate 80, known as the Yolo Causeway, was designated the Blecher-Freeman Memorial Causeway, in honor of the fallen officers.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 2455
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

traffic stop

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Even after all these years, Roy, I still remember your deep voice and laugh. You were a friend and a leader, someone a rookie like myself back then would listen to and learn from. And the night my parents and little brother visited us while we worked the 'Strip'. My brother was so enamored with you and your "neato" motorcycle. Then came the ride of a lifetime you gave him on the bike, on the back streets and we laughed so hard as we could hear your siren blasting all over the place, done just for the joy of a little kid. Roy, you were a very special and dedicated officer and a friend to anyone that needed one. It still breaks my heart to this day, 3/12/22
God Bless you and your loving family. I can only pray that I one day receive your eternal reward that you so dutifully earned in the way you lived your life. AND, Semper Fi my brother Marine. I love you, man.

STO Kevin P. Ferris, #6804
California Highway Patrol (retired)

March 12, 2022

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