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CHP: Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Fighting for Life

The seven-year veteran was wounded in a shootout Tuesday on Interstate 680.

CHP officer Kenyon Youngstrom remains in critical condition at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to Paul Fontana, acting chief of the Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol.

Fontana provided the update and the identification of the officer at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 13 hours after Youngstrom was wounded in a shootout on Interstate 680 near Alamo.

He said Youngstrom, a seven-year veteran of the CHP, previously served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Youngstrom lived in the Cordelia neighborhood of Fairfield.

Fontana said Youngstrom's family has been touched by the outpouring of support they have received since the shooting.

KGO-TV has reported that Youngstrom, 37, is on life support and that the shooting may have severed his spinal cord.

The Contra Costa Times reported that Youngstrom lives in Cordelia, near Fairfield, and worked out of the CHP's regional office in Martinez most of the time.

Complete Patch coverage of the shooting

Karen Haley Allen September 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
My thoughts and prayers are added to this powerful circle of healing light and love. to the Youngstrom family, know that many are praying for a complete recovery. Prayers are going out to all of you. God bless our faithful public servants who protect us in our communities and on the streets.
Dexter Morgan September 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
But this is unacceptable. No one should be shot for doing their job. My prayers go out for him and his poor family.
Elena Keating September 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
There's not many positive's in this situation - but thank God all of our uniformed first responders, CHP included, have an amazing brotherhood. Not to mention medical coverage and benefits for the family should they loose him. It's a small stress reliever to know they will be taken care of. How tragic and unnecessary. Such a waste. I hope he can surprise everyone and pull through.
Janice P Ellis September 06, 2012 at 04:50 AM
So very sad about this tragedy. It can be so easy to forget that our CHP officers are out there putting their lives on the line every day. I have to admit, when I see a CHP officer, I tend to think, "...am I driving too fast???" But, CHP officers have very, very dangerous jobs, as this tragedy shows. My heart and prayers go out to Officer Youngstrom's family, friends and loved ones. There are some very dangerous people out there. You just never know what the day will bring. So sad...
Seury September 08, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Few weeks ago, i was traveling on Highway. 4 towards walnut Creek. Officer Youngstrom pulled me over as i exceeded speeding limits. He appeared to be a nice guy, though he gave me a ticket. May his soul rest in peace. And may Godbless his family and heal them and help walk through such a painful loss. God bless America!

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