Bridge dedicated to fallen police officer

Bridge dedicated to fallen officer

REDDING, Calif. - Redding's north Market Street Bridge was dedicated Monday to the memory of Redding Police Officer Owen "Ted" Lyon, killed in the line of duty 47 years ago.

At the dedication, Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti described what happened the night when Officer Lyon and his partner were confronted by a drunk man in a domestic dispute.

"As the officers approached the door, the man stepped out and fired at the officers," Paoletti said. "Officer Lyon was struck in the chest and fell to the ground."

Another speaker at the bridge dedication said the event was "long overdue."

Retired Shasta County Sheriff Jim Pope said he had coffee with Officer Lyon just a few hours before the shooting.

"About 7:30 in the morning my wife was on the way to work and heard it on the radio," Pope said. "She called me and told me about it."

Pope was brought to tears as he talked about those who lost their life in the line of duty.

"It seems just like yesterday. It's a difficult thing,"  said Pope during an emotional interview.

"I happened to lose two deputies in the line of duty while I was sheriff for 15 years, and it chokes me up to hear about … think about … one of our officers," said Pope while fighting back tears.

The Redding Police Managers Association sponsored the dedication.

The cost of installing the signs came from private donations.

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