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2:24 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
  • Interstate 680 south of Walnut Creek closed following two wounded in an exchange of gunfire between a California Hgihway Patrol officer and another person, Sept. 4, 2012.
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom
    
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MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the suspect in the shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer on a San Francisco Bay area freeway shot the officer without warning in the head.

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Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Wednesday that footage from a dashboard camera showed Officer Kenyon Youngstrom and the suspect, 36-year-old Christopher Boone Lacy of Corning, had a brief conversation following a traffic stop before Lacy pulled his gun.

Youngstrom's partner had apparently initiated the Tuesday morning traffic stop on Interstate 680 near Alamo in a separate vehicle. Lee said the partner shot Lacy, who was later pronounced dead.

Inside the Jeep, detectives found a loaded semi-automatic handgun, two loaded magazines and a knife, Lee said.

He said an autopsy on Lacy Wednesday morning showed the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

According to Lee, the suspect was being pulled over on suspicion of driving with an obstructed license plate.

The 37-year-old Youngstrom remains in critical condition. He has been with the CHP for seven years.

The Associated Press and Bay City News

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