- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — 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, authorities said Wednesday.

Footage from a dashboard camera showed Officer Kenyon Youngstrom and the suspect, Christopher Boone Lacy, 38, had a brief conversation following a traffic stop on Tuesday morning before Mr. Lacy pulled his gun, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said at a morning news conference.

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

Mr. Lacy’s identity was released on Wednesday. He was from Corning, Calif.

Mr. Lacy was being pulled over on suspicion of driving with an obstructed license plate, Mr. Lee said.

Officer Youngstrom, 37, remains in critical condition. He is a married father of four children and is a seven-year veteran of the force. Dozens of Officer Youngstrom’s fellow officers and law enforcement colleagues held a vigil at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek on Tuesday with his family members, some of whom came up from Southern California.

A neighbor, Ryan Patchen, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Officer Youngstrom was devoted to his family and job.

“You know it’s a risk, but you don’t expect it to happen, especially something so close to home,” Mr. Patchen, 22, said. “I feel awful for his family, what they must be going through.”

Authorities previously said Officer Youngstrom parked in front of Mr. Lacy’s Jeep while the second officer, who has not been identified, stopped behind the vehicle.

Former San Francisco police Chief Tony Ribera told the Contra Costa Times that he was surprised to hear that Officer Youngstrom had pulled up in front of the suspect during the traffic stop and not behind him.

“I have never heard of that procedure. I’m at a loss. I’ve never heard of that,” said Mr. Ribera, currently the director of the University of San Francisco’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership. “Felony stops are pretty clear that you pull up behind and leave some space behind for safety reasons.”

Mr. Ribera cautioned that there could have been extenuating circumstances.

“I could speculate that perhaps they thought he would try and get away,” he said.

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