Officer Glenn W. Carlson

Officer Glenn W. Carlson

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, November 15, 1963

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Glenn W. Carlson

Officer Glenn Carlson was shot and killed while attempting to stop suspected bank robbers near Donner Lake on Highway 80 after 9 pm.

He had stopped the men and written the driver a speeding ticket. As the car pulled away, he learned that the license plates had been stolen. He called for backup and began to chase the suspects. The suspect's vehicle suddenly stopped, and one of the men jumped out and opened fire, striking Officer Carlson five times.

All three men, convicted felons and on parole in Oregon, were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. One of the men only served five years of his crime before returning to Oregon to serve his time for parole violation. Oregon granted him asylum and did not return him to California to serve his sentence. In the 2000s, he was arrested as a fugitive and died fighting his extradition. The shooter escaped prison in 1974 but was still paroled in the late 1970s. The third suspect was paroled in 1974.

Officer Carlson was a United States Marine Corps Korean War veteran and served with the California Highway Patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife, three children, parents, and sister.

A bypass over California State Route 267 near Old Brockway Road in Truckee is named the CHP Officer Glenn Carlson Memorial Bypass


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2699
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender All released from prison

parolee, robbery, traffic stop

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Officer Carlson,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you sevd with the USMC during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

November 15, 2023

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