Officer Kenyon Marc Youngstrom

Officer Kenyon Marc Youngstrom

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Kenyon Marc Youngstrom

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while making a traffic stop with another officer on southbound I-680, near Livorna Road in Alamo, at approximately 8:20 am.

Officer Youngstrom had stopped on the shoulder of the freeway to check on deer carcass when the other officer radioed to him that he was pulling over a vehicle for an obstructed license plate. As the vehicle approached Officer Youngstrom's position he signaled for the driver to pull in behind his parked patrol car.

After the vehicle stopped Officer Youngstrom began speaking with the driver as the other officer parked behind them. Officer Youngstrom was still speaking with the subject when the man suddenly pulled a handgun and shot him in the head through the window, knocking him into the travel lane of the of the highway.

The other officer immediately returned fire, killing the subject.

Officer Youngstrom was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he remained on life support until succumbing to his wound.

Officer Youngstrom was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and five siblings.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 18063
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 4, 2012
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Year 8. It seems like every year, the words are harder to find—the grief is sometimes deafening. I followed our dream, Uncle Ken...I graduate the police academy in November— it has been quite the journey. But you know that, you’ve been by my side through it all. Last week I had EVOC...it was so stressful. I remember you telling grandma EVOC was difficult for you. Thursday was test day and I really wasn’t sure if I’d pass. I was on the start line when my instructor told me to roll my window up, find a radio station, play it loud, and drive the car like it’s meant to be driven. So, I did. I shuffled through stations when Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69,” started to play. One of your favorite artists, one of your favorite songs. I carry your challenge coin with me everywhere I go...Thursday you reminded me once again that although I held your hand for the very last time 8 years ago, you never left my side in spirit. I have worn your memorial pin to every single interview, ride-a-long, and appointment—you’ve always been with me...pinned to my heart.

10 years ago, we started this journey, and now I can almost see the finish line. It’s unreal. I’ve woken up several nights wondering if it’s all a beautiful dream. But it’s not, it’s really happening. All the heartache, disappointment, time and energy has been worth it. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I went from trying to get in anywhere I possibly could, to finding a surrogate home—I love my agency. I am blessed beyond belief.

Kenyon, I’m doing it...just like you said I would, and just like I promised you the day you slipped away, and departed this world. We’re almost there. I’ve been chasing the same dream for so long that it seems unreal to me that I’ve almost caught it. I’m so close I can just about feel the burn from being pepper sprayed. Tell God I’m doing my best, I love you.

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MVPD

September 5, 2020

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