Law enforcement personnel and friends gathered at the Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville to honor fallen CHP Officer Douglas “Scott” Russell, who was killed in the line of duty on July 31, 2007.
Russell, 46, was Coleville’s resident California Highway Patrol officer for 10 years until 2000 when he transferred to Placerville.
He was deploying a spike strip in a high speed pursuit that day when the driver hit him with his car. The driver who hit Russell was convicted of murder in his death, and is awaiting execution.
On July 31 at 12:30 p.m., personnel from the highway patrol’s Bridgeport, South Lake Tahoe and Placerville offices were joined by Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger and his staff, Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson, Mono County District Attorney Tim Kendell, representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, and some close friends for the ceremony to place flowers on Russell’s grave.