The Newhall Incident – April 1970


At 11:55 p.m., April 5, 1970, two Officers of the California Highway Patrol stopped a car for brandishing a firearm at another vehicle hours earlier. Minutes later, they and two other CHP Officers would lie dead in the parking lot of the restaurant where the stop took place. Their murderers would escape into the night, virtually unscathed in the gunfire.

The officers were all young; two were 23 and two were 24. They were all married and had seven children between them. All of them had been CHP officers for less than two years.

Newhall Officers landscape

The murderers were hardened criminals. Both had served prison time and one had killed another prisoner in self-defense while he was confined in Alcatraz. They were heavily armed with revolvers, autoloading pistols, and shotguns in preparation for committing bank robberies and armored truck heists.

View original post 144 more words

4 responses

  1. Thanks for posting this. S forgotten piece of history. Paid for in blood

    Get Outlook for Android


  2. Thanks for posting this. I lived in Los Angeles at that time but cannot remember this. I am sure it was all over the news. Such a shame. Was it not common practice for officers to wear bullet resistant vests back then? I found it very surprising they were not wearing this type of protection. Not knowing the fire power the suspects had I am surprised the officers didn’t maintain position and call for back up rather then engaging the suspects as they did. But I do not have training or the education to know other then what I said as far as staying back, calling for help or temporarily departing the scene.

  3. The policy I read of that required a written report to merely rack (chamber a round) in the shotgun did not help. If no round was already chambered when the fight started it put the first pair behind in the oooda (no veteran officers available?) . I also think the putting of two car loads of new patrolmen together is ridiculous .

  4. good morning, sir!

    I haven’t received my DVD of your most recent book. I placed the order back in February, but I know from your previous email you had suffered some personal set backs.

    Just wanted to check in with you for an estimate on shipping. I had almost forgotten about it till I saw your post below.

    Thank you for your time and I hope things have taken a turn for the better for you.




%d bloggers like this: