Officer Ernest Ray Felio

Officer Ernest Ray Felio

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 1980

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Ernest Ray Felio

Officer Ernest Felio was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Smith River.

A witness testified he heard a brief conversation between Officer Felio and the suspect before hearing gunshots. The suspect shot Officer Felio twice and then took his service revolver.

The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to death. He committed suicide in jail by hanging himself in his cell.

Officer Felio had served with the California Highway Patrol for 18 years. He was survived by his wife, four daughters, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 3202

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

DUI, traffic stop

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Having personally known Ernie (went to his church) he was my mentor. He once gave me a break for traffic violation. I joined the CHP 10 years before he was murdered and was working in the south part of the state. A terrible shock in quiet Crescent City. I remember exactly when I was notified. A wonderful man with a great family to go along with him. Life is just not fair. That we know. Rest in peace Ernie.

Officer Dave Bergmann

August 31, 2022

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