Officer William M. Freeman

Officer William M. Freeman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, December 22, 1978

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William M. Freeman

Officer William Freeman and Officer Roy Blecher were shot and killed while patrolling together on I-80 in West Sacramento. Their bodies were found after making a traffic stop at approximately 0300 hours. Investigators found a sign of a struggle. Officer Blecher was found with his hands handcuffed behind his back and shot once in the head.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life. He died in prison on April 16, 2016.

Officer Freeman had been with the California Highway Patrol for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

In 1994, an elevated portion of Interstate 80, known as the Yolo Causeway, was designated the Blecher-Freeman Memorial Causeway, in honor of the fallen officers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 4885

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

traffic stop

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Rest in peace Officer Freeman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 2022

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