Police Officer Elmer E. Norgren

Police Officer Elmer E. Norgren

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 15, 1943

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Elmer E. Norgren

Officer Elmer Norgren succumbed to injuries he received when he was struck by a drunk driver while issuing a traffic citation at MacArthur Boulevard and Van Buren Street.

Officer Norgren and the driver were standing behind the vehicle when another car swerved into them and knocked them onto the pavement. The car then struck the pulled-over vehicle that had passengers inside. The driver who was receiving the citation was treated for injuries and released. The passengers in the vehicle were not injured. Officer Norgren was transported to Merritt Hospital, where he died from a skull fracture three days later.

The subject was apprehended and charged with negligent homicide. His driver's license had previously been suspended for drunk driving. The 45-year-old subject was convicted of negligent homicide and drunk driving and sentenced to two years, one year for each charge to be served consecutively.

Officer Norgren had served with the Oakland Police Department for at least three years. He was survived by his wife, parents, three sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 12, 1943
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

DUI, traffic stop

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Dear Uncle Elmer,
I am sad I couldn’t attend todays yearly memorial for Oaklands Fallen Officers. My Grandmother, your older sister Viola, mourned your passing her entire life with your picture and a memorial for you, we all felt we knew you. I have come to many of the memorials, and will return going, you will never be forgotten. You were a hero as you managed to push the man you had pulled over to safety. We love you, your niece, Peggy McKee

Peggy McKee
Great Niece

May 3, 2023

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