Officer Kirk Anthony Griess

Officer Kirk Anthony Griess

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 2018

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Kirk Anthony Griess

Officer Kirk Griess was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-80, near Manuel Campos Parkway, in Solano.

Another vehicle entered the area and struck both Officer Griess and the vehicle he had stopped. Officer Griess and the driver of the stopped car were both killed.

The driver of the car that struck them was on the cell phone at the time of the incident and was charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving causing fatal injuries.

Officer Griess was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 15810
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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We came upon the accident that killed Officer Griess not long after it had happened. I was pretty sure while we waited to get passed the accident, that it was an officer down. There were all these law Enforcement vehicles going passed us to the scene. When we were able to drive by the accident, my worst fear was realized. It brought back my memories of the loss of my husband May 23, 1976. My heart went out to the Griess family. Life would never be the same for them. But know you will never be forgotten by the CHP and I will always think of you when I go by where it happened. The CHP is family and never forgets a fallen officer.

Sharon Hughes Ketelsen
Surviving Spouse of a fallen CHP Officer

July 16, 2019

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