Officer killed by wrong-way driver on NorCal highway

ELK GROVE, Calif. — Tributes continue to come in for the fallen Elk Grove Police Officer Ty Lenehan and his family.

Police say Officer Lenehan, a beloved member of the law enforcement community, was tragically killed Friday morning by a suspected DUI driver who was going the wrong way on Highway 99.

At Kinetic Ink Tattoo Company in Rocklin, owner Danny O'Neel said a photo of Officer Lenehan will be added to a special wall they have created, which honors fallen first responders across northern California. O'Neel said including the image of Officer Lenehan is a way to make sure he is never forgotten.

"Tell his story and explain to people how he's a local hero as well," O'Neel said. "We want the community to know their stories and keep their legacy alive."

O'Neel also runs the nonprofit Warfighter Overwatch, which supports first responders. Through Warfighter Overwatch, O'Neel is also organizing a memorial hike on Feb. 6, to raise money for Officer Lenehan's family. The details of the memorial hike are still being worked out.

"We know that they're going through a devastating time for a tragedy that could have been avoided, so we want to help them in their hardship, in their time of need," O'Neel said.

An official memorial fund ( has been started through the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Credit Union. All donations will go directly to Officer Lenehan’s family. He is survived by his wife and two children.

People continued to come to a memorial in front of the Elk Grove Police Department Saturday, dropping off candles, flowers and cards. The community has been coming together to show their support for Office Lenehan – as well as his brothers and sisters in blue.

"It's heartbreaking," said Chaplain Mindi Russell, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS). "We feel like we've just been kicked in the stomach and our breath is taken away, but we're all regrouping now, and I love how the community is reaching out to the departments. It's necessary."

Officer Lenehan was a six-year veteran of the Elk Grove Police Department, but he had previously worked for the police departments in both Citrus Heights and Galt.