Kenyon Youngstrom's Partner Addresses Mourners at Funeral For Slain CHP Officer

Tyler Carlton, who returned fire on Sept. 4 to the suspect who fired at Officer Youngstrom, says: 'Ken, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me.'

Identified publicly for the first time Thursday was the partner of the late CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom on the fateful day of Sept. 4, when a routine Alamo traffic stop turned into a deadly shootout.

CHP Officer Tyler Carlton gave an emotional speech at the funeral of Youngstrom Thursday morning in Vacaville.

"I had the privilege of being Ken's beat partner that day (Sept. 4) and watching him stand tall like he did every day," said Carlton, his voice cracking.

Carlton recalled Youngstrom showing him family pictures, and bragging that his son had a full head of hair as his father did.

"Ken, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me, and I look forward to seeing you again some day," he said.

Carlton received a standing ovation after he spoke.

Youngstrom and the driver of the Jeep — Christopher Lacy, 36, of Corning, Tehama County — had a brief conversation. Without warning, Lacy pulled a gun and shot Youngstrom in the head.

Carlton then ran up on the other side of the Jeep and shot Lacy several times. Lacy died later that day at John Muir Medical Center. Youngstrom, age 37, a Fairfield resident, died the next day at the Walnut Creek hospital.

KK September 14, 2012 at 05:37 AM
A big thank you to all of the Police Officers and Highway Patrolmen that keep us safe.
Lori Saragosa September 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Let us all take a moment to reflect on what's really important in life today; family, friends and each other. Thanks to all who serve in whatever capacity it might be to protect us and keep us safe. Rest in Peace Officer Youngstrom.


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