Officer Alvin Leroy Foss

Officer Alvin Leroy Foss

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, April 26, 1950

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Alvin Leroy Foss

Officer Alvin Foss was accidentally shot and killed when his service revolver fell from its holster and discharged while he was in the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza squad room in Alameda County.

When the revolver struck the concrete floor the firing pin was pressed firmly enough that it caused the round to discharge.

Officer Foss was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for one year and was assigned to the Bay Bridge Patrol Unit. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and mother.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Rest in peace Officer Foss. You died honorably thirty years to the day before my father Owen C. Davis, a veteran New York City Policeman. Accidents can be prevented and it's always so tragic when you hear of one.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 22, 2018

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