Incredibly sad day for the family of Sgt Steve Licon, the CHP, & State of Calif. Sgt Licon was a great leader, valued member of the CHP family, & a dedicated public servant who sacrificed his life serving the people of Calif. Condolences to wife Ann, & daughters Marissa & Kelly. pic.twitter.com/avKiaiQ03T— Warren Stanley (@CHPCommissioner) April 7, 2019
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.Authorities on Monday released the booking photo of the man accused of fatally striking a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop in Riverside County. Michael Callahan, 36, of Winchester, was booked on suspicion of murder and DUI following the Saturday incident on the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released his booking photo after CHP conducted a traditional bell-ringing ceremony for Sgt. Steven Licon at the agency’s academy in West Sacramento. CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley announced end-of-watch for Licon as officers stood attention in a plaza where a memorial fountain bears the names of officers killed in the line of duty. Academy commander James Mann says Licon is the 230th officer to be honored by the fountain. Callahan is suspected of driving drunk Saturday afternoon when he crossed over the right shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore, crashing into Licon and a car he had pulled over for speeding. Licon died at a nearby hospital. The family of four in the car he had pulled over weren’t hurt. “Our hearts are heavy after the immeasurable loss of a friend, father, husband, and hero,” CHP officials wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Sergeant Steve Licon, #13348, of the CHP Riverside Area made the ultimate sacrifice today while serving his community.” Licon was a 27-year veteran of the agency and is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Marissa and stepdaughter Kelly. It’s unclear if Callahan has an attorney. Inmate records show he has a court appearance set for Wednesday. Investigators believe the recommendation of a murder charge in the case is “completely appropriate,” said Mario Lucio, special services commander of CHP’s Inland division. “We have uncovered evidence which shows gross negligence both during and before this tragic collision,” Lucio said at a Sunday news conference. He declined to explain what the evidence was. Ultimately, prosecutors will decide what charges to file.