Home > News > 

CHP officer killed in Modesto

As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.

Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…

February 17, 2006

Print Register RSS What's This

CHP officer killed in Modesto

Officer Down: Earl Scott - [Modesto, California]

Biographical Information

Age: 36

Additional Informaiton: Officer Scott served with the California Highway Patrol for five years.  He is survived by his father, stepmother, and sister. His father and two uncles all retired as sergeants from the California Highway Patrol. One of Officer Scott's cousins currently serves as a sergeant with the agency.

Incident Details

Cause of Death:  Officer Earl Scott was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 99 in Stanislaus County.

Date of Incident: February 17, 2006

Suspect Information:   The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.  The California license plate number of the1990 Nissan Maxima is 5KWA335.

MODESTO, Calif. -- Authorities are looking for a dark green 1990 Nissan Maxima in connection with the killing of a California Highway Patrol officer at about 4:40 this morning, CHP Sgt. Wayne Ziese said.

The officer was fatally shot on northbound state Highway 99 in the town of Ripon, Ziese said.

The California license plate number of the Nissan is 5KWA335.

All lanes are closed on the northbound side of the highway between Modesto and Stockton during the investigation, Ziese said.

A detour has been set up, directing drivers to Interstate Highway 5

To view story, visit: CHP officer killed in Modesto

Related story: Thousands remember slain CHP officer

Has an officer fallen in your department or local area? Submit news articles and information on the incident to the PoliceOne site.

The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of PoliceOne or its staff.

Denotes officer was a registered member of the PoliceOne Community

PoliceOne Offers

Back to Officer Down Section


Support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and help honor America’s law enforcement officers – especially our fallen heroes



Concerns of Police Survivors

COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

TASER Foundation

The TASER Foundation’s mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty by providing financial and edcuational support to their families.

More Officer Downs

All Officer Downs Submit an Officer Down

Tribute Videos

We ride for those who died Tribute for fallen officers Never alone, never forgotten Police Week Tribute