Patrolling California's highways can be a dangerous job. Since 2000, four CHP officers have died from gunshot wounds and five others have been injured in gun-related violence. In July, a CHP cruiser was rammed and the rear window shot out after an attempted traffic stop and short chase near High Street in Oakland. The officer was not injured, but others have not been so lucky.
Feb. 17, 2006: Officer Earl Harwood Scott is shot during a traffic stop in Salida, near Modesto
Nov. 17, 2005: Officer Andrew Todd "Andy" Stevens is shot during a traffic stop in rural Yolo County
Apr. 21, 2004: Officer Thomas Joel Steiner was shot while standing in front of the Pomona courthouse by a 16-year-old gang member.
Nov. 2, 2003: Officer Robert Joseph Coulter accidentally shot himself while placing his shotgun in a patrol car gunrack.
May 6, 2012: Officer suffered injuries to hand and chest after occupant of SUV opened fire. Highway 178, Kern County, east of Bakersfield.
Nov. 13, 2011: Officer shot in the hip and left wrist during a traffic stop in Elk Grove.
Jul. 18, 2010: Officers suffered minor injuries (from broken glass) during a shootout after a traffic stop in Oakland.
Jan. 20, 2010: Officer wounded in a shootout with a robbery suspect at a Walgreens in Oakland.
Dec. 1, 2008: Officer shot in the knee during gunfire at a home in Gerber while providing backup at a domestic
Source: Bay Area News Group research department