CHP officer dies after being gunned down on I-680

A California Highway Patrol officer shot during a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo on Tuesday died on Wednesday night, according to the CHP.

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, was shot about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after he and another CHP officer pulled over a Jeep Wrangler near the Livorna exit on southbound I-680.

The driver of that Jeep, identified as Christopher Boone Lacy, 36, shot Youngstrom in the head after the officer approached the Jeep and briefly talked with Lacy.

The other CHP officer then opened fire on Lacy, who is a graduate of San Francisco State. Detectives found a loaded semi-automatic handgun, two loaded magazines and a knife inside Lacy’s car, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman said.

Youngstrom and Lacy were both taken to John Muir Medical Center, where Lacy was pronounced dead later in the day. Youngstrom remained in critical condition until Wednesday, when he was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m.

Youngstrom’s family rushed to be by his side Tuesday, and fellow CHP officers kept a constant presence at the hospital. Youngstrom lived in Cordelia with his wife and four children.

The California Highway Patrol has established a memorial fund to support Youngstrom’s family.

The fund is available through Wells Fargo, and donations to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial can be made at any Wells Fargo branch, Officer Elon Steers said.

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