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.

Deaths:

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.

Injuries:

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 violence call.

Source: Bay Area News Group research department