Legislation would name bypass for slain officer
Assemblyman Rico Oller and Senator Tim Leslie have introduced legislation to name the Highway 267 Bypass in honor of California Highway Patrol Officer Glenn Carlson who was shot and killed while on duty in Truckee 37 years ago.
Carlson was 33 years old and had worked for CHP for five years when, on Nov. 15, 1963, he made a routine traffic stop of a white Cadillac for speeding on Interstate 80.
A license plate check requested by Carlson indicated there were no problems with the vehicle which held three occupants and he proceeded to issue the driver a citation for speeding.
Shortly after releasing the vehicle, Carlson received an updated radio report which informed him that the license plates on the vehicle had been stolen from a car in a junk yard. Carlson requested assistance and set off in pursuit.
Within minutes, Carlson stopped the vehicle again and, choosing not to wait for back-up, stepped out of his vehicle.
As he did so, one of the occupants of the vehicle emerged from the Cadillac and fired five shots at Carlson.
Carlson was struck twice. One bullet punctured his citation booklet containing a copy of the ticket he had just issued and the other pierced his heart, killing him almost instantly.
A large manhunt was initiated and the three occupants of the vehicle were soon arrested and charged, not only with the mur-
der of Officer Carlson, but also with the armed robbery of a Sacramento bank from which they were fleeing when they first encountered Carlson.
“Officer Carlson was an outstanding law enforcement officer who is greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and the citizens he served,” said Assemblyman Oller. “He is truly a fallen hero who literally put his life on the line to protect his neighbors. I am proud to have a small part in honoring his memory and spirit.”
The legislation is supported by the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen.
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