Officer Roy P. Blecher

Officer Roy P. Blecher

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, December 22, 1978

Roy P. Blecher

Officer 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 April 16, 2016.

Officer Blecher had been with the agency for 21 years.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 2455

Incident Details

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

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I became aware of this case upon moving to Sacramento and later joining the West Sacramento Police Department in 1990 and subsequently studying it in a criminal justice class taught by the Yolo County Undersheriff, who had a substantial role in the investigation.

Let us not forget this terrible incident; justice was served by the in-prison death of Louis Rodriguez, the perpetrator, and through his female companion during the icrime who testified against him. She paid her penalty, eventually squared up and redeemed herself; God Forgives her, and His Vengeance wrought upon he who led her astray into this horror.

Glenn, Captain, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (Retired)

Glenn Powell, Captain (Retired)
Sacramento County Sheriff

December 22, 2017

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