A California Highway Patrol officer critically wounded in a shooting that followed a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 680 this morning is Kenyon Youngstrom, the CHP confirmed tonight. Youngstrom’s extended family is converging on the Walnut Creek hospital where the officer remains in critical condition tonight. Fellow officers fear that there is little hope for Youngstrom’s recovery, according to the CHP.
The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department out of the Contra Costa County area, was struck in a shooting that left a suspect dead on the freeway in the Alamo area around 8:30 a.m., CHP Sgt. Diana McDermott said. CHP officers in patrol cars pulled over a Jeep Wrangler just north of Livorna Road when the driver shot at the officer, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. A second officer then fired at the Jeep driver, hitting him.
Both the suspect and officer were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where the suspect died. The shooting caused a total shutdown of I-680 for a long portion of the day, snarling traffic for miles in the area. The southbound lanes of I-680 where the shooting occurred were shut down for most of the day, with two lanes finally reopening around 4:20 p.m., and the remaining lanes reopened by 7 p.m.
Initially northbound lanes were also shut down but opened around 1 p.m. Authorities have not yet released the reason for the initial traffic stop, nor the name of the suspect shot dead in the subsequent confrontation. Another car suspected to be connected to the incident was found by investigators earlier today but determined to be not involved.
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