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1864 - L.A. Star newspaper report: County supervisors have accepted Beale's Cut as complete [story]
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| Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016
(LA)SAUGUS, Cal., Apr. 6--SCENE WHERE HIGHWAY PATROLMEN WERE SHOT--This early morning view shows the scene near here where four California Highway Patrolmen were shot and killed in a gun battle with two suspects they were going to question about complaints the men were shooting and threatening other people in the restaurant (background) with their guns. (AP Wirephoto).
Editor's note: one of the suspects had actually brandished a gun at another motorist after sideswiping the motorist's car on Highway 99 earlier that evening.
 

April 5-6 is known as one of the deadliest days in California Highway Patrol history – when four officers were killed in shootout between two criminals.

Late in the evening of April 5, four young California Highway Patrol officers lost their lives in a 4½-minute gun battle that left four women widows and seven children without fathers. The tremor that rolled through the CHP and law enforcement throughout the nation spoke of grief for their lost comrades, the suffering of their families, of humility imposed by such a catastrophic event and the iron resolve to prevent a recurrence.

The date of April 6 is often cited, but the incident actually began shortly before midnight on April 5, and all four officers were dead by 23:59:00 that night. The incident carried over well into the next day.

In April 2006, former Sen. George Runner authored legislation that designated a portion of the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) between the Rye Canyon Road overcrossing and Magic Mountain Parkway as the “California Highway Patrol Officers James E. Pence, Roger D. Gore, Walter C. Frago and George M. Alleyn Memorial Highway.”

Two years later, on April 6, 2008, the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Caltrans and the support of the local community and law enforcement across the country, forever memorialized the sacrifice of the four fallen officers by dedicating and erecting the Highway Memorial signs with the families of the fallen officers present.

April 6, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of the tragedy of the “Newhall Four” and their ultimate sacrifice to protect the citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley and this State. The lasting impact of this event has made law enforcement worldwide continually renew their focus on officer safety, becoming stronger and more resolute.

In the near future, with the help of Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary and the CHP Newhall Senior Volunteer Program, there are plans for revitalizing the memorial dedication located at CHP Newhall station.

 

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  1. Angel Reyes Angel Reyes says:

    Oh dammmmmm Karla”AnthonyAlyssaJen Pfau

  2. At NorthWestern Univ. in 1970 I was given the full four page account of the incident from a CHP officer. I used this as a final attempt to switch our department from revolvers to pistols. soon the neighboring communities followed suit and today the pistol is the weapon of choice among lawenforcement almost universally.

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