Officer David W. Copleman

Officer David W. Copleman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 6, 1985

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David W. Copleman

Officer Copleman was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a speeding motorist in Ventura County. During the pursuit an oncoming van swerved to avoid traffic, colliding head-on and killing Officer Copleman. The motorcycle driver was eventually apprehended and charged in connection with Officer Copleman's death.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 10503

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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David and I were classmates at the CHP Academy, graduating together on 3/3/83. I remember him well and we had some funny times at the Academy. Hearing the news of his death through our agency notification process was very sad. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to his family.

Chief Michael S. Champion (retired)
California Highway Patrol

January 14, 2024

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