Officer William E. Lehn

Officer William E. Lehn

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 21, 1994

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William E. Lehn

Officer Bill Lehn was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle during a pursuit.

He was pursuing a stolen car when a motorist pulled out in front of him at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and San Pablo Avenue, causing a collision in which he was ejected from his motorcycle.

Officer Lehn had served with the Fresno Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, step-son, grandson, mother, and brother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 500

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit, stolen vehicle, motorcycle

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Hey Bill,

Today, 30 years since I got the call, June 21st, 1994.

Seems like yesterday, as I think of you almost every day. Last Wednesday the 19th I called for the FPOA at the monthly board meeting to offer a moment of silence in your honor at this evening's fund-raising poker tournament. I am told they would.

I dwelled on your memory all day to the point that I dug out some old photos of our Colorado deer hunting trips. We both had scruffy beards in just a few days, those were some of the best memories of life I know.

I called Orndoff and reminded him of the date and we rehashed the tragedy of it all and like me he still remembers; it haunts him as well.

Rest in peace my friend, forever more.


Michael Harris
Detective, Fresno Ca. Police Department

June 22, 2024

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