CHP officer honored for bravery in freeway shooting

March 19, 2013 7:36:54 PM PDT
A California Highway Patrol officer has received one of the nation's top law enforcement awards for a heroic deed last year on a Bay Area freeway.

Officer Tyler Carlton was named the nation's top trooper by the International Association of Police Chiefs. He was the partner of fallen CHP Ofc. Kenyon Youngstrom, who was shot and killed by a gunman on Interstate 680 in Alamo in September 2012.

Carlton returned fire, killing the gunman, 36-year-old Christopher Lacy.

The panel said Carlton displayed extreme courage in his attempt to save Youngstrom's life and keep the public safe.