Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of California Highway Patrol Officer Douglas Scott Russell of Folsom, CA:
“Today, Californians mourn the loss of Officer Russell who gave his life in the line of duty while protecting his fellow citizens. Our law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they make every day to ensure our safety. The loss of one of our brave officers is a tremendous tragedy that weighs heavily on the hearts of all Californians. Maria and I express our deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Russell and will pray for their comfort during this difficult time.”
Russell, 46, died July 31 as a result of injuries sustained while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect during a pursuit on eastbound Highway 50. He was a member of the California Highway Patrol for 22 years. Officer Russell is survived by his wife Lynn.
In honor of Officer Russell, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.