The Newhall incident, also called the Newhall massacre, was a shootout on April 5–6, 1970, at approximately 11:55 p.m.
The shootout occurred in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
NEWHALL INCIDENT: 48 YEARS AGO TODAYThe words Newhall and tragedy became forever synonymous on April 6, 1970. On that day four young California Highway Patrol officers lost their lives in a 4-1/2 minute gun battle that left four women widows and seven children, ranging in age from 9 months to 4 years, without fathers. The tremor that rolled through the CHP – and in fact, all law enforcement – spoke of grief for lost comrades and their suffering families, of organizational concern with the urgency of rethinking high-risk stop procedures, of humility imposed by such a catastrophic event, and then, the iron resolve to prevent a reoccurrence.On that fateful day, Officers Frago and Gore, assigned to the CHP – Newhall Area office, had been alerted by radio of a vehicle carrying someone who had brandished a weapon. They spotted the car, fell in behind, called for backup, and began the stop procedure. When the subjects' vehicle had come to a halt in the parking lot, the driver was instructed to get out and place his spread hands on the hood. Gore approached him and Frago moved to the passenger side. The right-side door suddenly swung open and the passenger sprung out, firing at Frago, who fell with two shots in his chest. The gunman, later identified as Jack Twinning, then turned and fired once at Gore, who returned fire. In that moment the driver, Bobby Davis, turned and shot Gore twice at close range. Both officers died instantly.When Pence and Alleyn drove in moments later, they could see neither suspects nor downed officers, but immediately came under fire. Pence put out an 11-99 call ("officer needs help") then took cover behind the passenger door. Alleyn grabbed the shotgun, and positioned himself behind the driver-side door. Both officers were mortally wounded in the ensuing exchange, and one suspect was hit.Suspects Jack Twinning and Bobby Davis escaped, later abandoned their vehicle and then split up. For nine hours, officers blanketed the area searching for the killers. Twinning broke into a house and briefly held a man hostage. Officers used tear gas before storming the house, but the suspect killed himself using the shotgun he had stolen from Officer Frago. Davis was captured, stood trial and convicted on four counts of murder.Bobby Davis was sentenced to die in the gas chamber, but in 1972 the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty to be cruel and unusual punishment and in 1973, the court modified Davis's sentence to life in prison. For many years, he was incarcerated at Folsom State Prison, Pelican Bay State Prison, but was last transferred to Kern Valley Prison in August 2008, where he died a year later.In the weeks immediately after the four deaths, the emotionally charged follow-up investigation sometimes lingered on fault-finding, but ultimately achieved the desired catharsis – a completely revamped set of procedures to be followed during high-risk and felony stops, with emphasis at every step on officer safety. If there can be such a thing as a silver lining in a cloud this dark, it would be the renewed focus on officer safety – a concern still uppermost even thirty years later.Firearms procedures have changed fundamentally, physical methods of arrest have been perfected, the police baton has become a more integral element of enforcement tactics, and new protective tools (such as pepper spray) have become part of the officers' standard equipment. Along with these have come far more comprehensive training – all combining to make uniformed personnel more alert and better prepared for the inevitable dangers faced by CHP officers.We will forever remember the ultimate sacrifice these four young officers made in the tragic early hours of April 6, 1970 in Newhall. Our hearts remain with the family and friends they left behind…
Posted by CHP – Golden Gate Division on Friday, April 6, 2018
Two heavily armed criminals opened fire at CHP officers during a traffic stop. In less than 5 minutes, four CHP officers were killed in what became the deadliest day in the history of California law enforcement.
CHP Officer Walter C. Frago, and
Officer Roger D. Gore, both 23-year-olds were Merced County residents.
The CHP Merced area office will be having a Freeway Memorial dedication to Both CHP Officers on July 25th, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at 755 West 15th Street in Merced. Dignitaries, family, and friends will also be attending
Everyone is welcome to attend.
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