I-680 Shooter Was Computer Engineer

Christopher Lacy had Bay Area ties and a master's degree from San Francisco State University

Bay City News Service

A man who was shot and killed after fatally shooting a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on Interstate 680 near Alamo on Tuesday was originally from the Bay Area and studied and worked in computer engineering here, according to a family member.

At a news conference in Martinez this morning, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office as Christopher Boone Lacy, 36, of Corning in Tehama County near Red Bluff.

Lacy shot CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom during a traffic stop on southbound I-680 near the Livorna Road exit at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and was then fatally shot by a second officer, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Youngstrom, a seven-year veteran of the CHP's Contra Costa-area office, was shot in the head and died Wednesday evening. 

Detectives found a loaded semi-automatic handgun, two loaded magazines and a knife inside Lacy's car, Lee said.

Lee said Lacy's parents, who live in Bend, Ore., have been working with authorities in their investigation.

Lacy's uncle, William Lacy, who lives in Weston, Conn., said Chris Lacy's parents had been traveling in Alaska when they heard about their son's death and the highway shooting.

William Lacy said his brother -- Chris Lacy's father -- called him with the news this morning.

He described Chris Lacy as "very bright" and said he was interested in computer science.

The uncle said he hadn't been in contact with his nephew for many years, but knew he had returned to California after moving with his parents to Oregon in the mid-1980s. He said his nephew was not married and had no children.

Chris Lacy had grown up in the Bay Area, which is where William Lacy's sister, and Chris' aunt, Claudia Piasente lives, in Albany.

A woman who answered the phone this morning at Piasente's home said Piasente was not available. The woman, who was audibly upset, said the
family had no comment but added, "We're very sorry for the whole thing."

An online resume posted on Chris Lacy's now shut-down personal website chrislacy.net lists 10 positions he claimed to have held since December 2005 after graduating with a master's degree in computer science from San Francisco State University in 2005.

SFSU spokeswoman Ellen Griffin confirmed Lacy had graduated from the computer science graduate program at the university seven years ago. She said there are no records of Lacy attending SFSU as an undergraduate.

His website, which was created in 2003 and last updated at the beginning of this year, is registered to a home address on Victoria Street in San Francisco near Ingleside Heights.

During his time at SFSU, he served as president of SF State's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, according to his resume.

Lacy's resume also listed a slew of contract positions as a software engineer, with the most recent listing stating that he worked as an online produce seller as part of a "stealth startup."

He moved to the Chico area in March 2011, where he wrote that he had started a small farm/homestead to sell locally grown produce online to Bay Area customers.

He wrote on his resume that he was also involved in the Ron Paul campaign and the "liberty movement," with links to Ron Paul's presidential website.

Sheriff's spokesman Lee said Lacy had one prior arrest in 2006 in Marin County for driving under the influence, but did not have any other criminal record.

Sausalito police Lt. Kurtis Skoog said Lacy, a former Sausalito resident, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Sausalito on Oct. 30, 2006. He was booked into the Marin County Jail after the incident, which is the only police contact Lacy had with the Sausalito Police Department.

johnnybgoode September 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
You're an ignorant soul-less excuse for a human being. That's right, you're just like the other thugs out think its okay to shoot at a cop but cry foul when cops shoot back at them. I bet you're just like all the turds out there that hate cops, but call them for help when you need it. Why bother even bother? you won't listen, again, I'll put my money on the fact you're the type who spends a lot of time away from home, I hope you enjoy the food we taxpayers provide you the next time you're "locked up."
johnnybgoode September 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I take it you're not a cop or have any idea what they can or can't do. It's easy to monday morning quarterback anything, but your post like many others, is an example of extreme ignorance.
Paul H. September 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
My guess coincides with Californicated1 It was a revenue stop during commuter hours. The guy was overwhelmed financially but working hard to stay afloat. Concealed plate ... He couldn't afford registration or insurance Not being an illegal alien, he may have felt he was going to lose his vehicle. He snapped Not an excuse, but a reason Maybe he needed meds too, but couldn't afford them He had a lot of potential. sad waste of 2 lives.
Navy VET September 06, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Johnnybgoode You lose. Only time I spend away from home is serving my country while your fat, comfy ass types on his company compiter. Does it feel good knowing u are on the clock getting paid to do a job you obviously underqualofied for? Quit bottle-necking the work force! You don't know me. You don't know the actual truth about what happened on 680! I do know the cop broke procedure when he parked his squad car IN FRONT of the suspect. I have never once called the police. I'll take your money! The attorneys are already using your taxes to keep good people motivated to change our corrupt system locked up. TAKE THE POWER BACK!!
Californicated1 September 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
When you descend to the level of name-calling and insults about breeding, you probably have already lost the argument.
Californicated1 September 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Colorado Law Enforcement actually takes a different approach to "revenue stops". Usually they don't make that the primary reason to pull over a motorist, but find an actual safety violation to do that, and then stick the motorist with the revenue violation. For instance, if you live on the Front Range and have a car registered with Front Range tags, you are also required to have evidence on your front windshield that the car passed its emissions test for that year (it's done every year). You won't be pulled over for not having this sticker, but if your car is parked, or if the officers stopped you for something else like speeding, guess what, you will get a second ticket out there for the failure to update your emissions sticker. It doesn't make sense, especially from the standpoint of safety for the officer to engage a motorist with such nonsense because there could be situations out there like Officer Youngstrom's. And when it comes to revenue violations, it's better to approach the violating vehicle parked somewhere with the owner away from the vehicle--like how the "Denver Boot" gets applied when there are outstanding violations and unpaid fines. California Law Enforcement seems to take the opposite approach. Instead of the passive non-confrontational approach, they seem to want to look for trouble, which leads to incidents like Youngstrom's.
Voter with an ID September 06, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Take back the alphabet! Can I buy a vowel, from my comfy ass company 'comptier'? 'Underqualofied'? Uh, huh.......
johnnybgoode September 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
NavyVET I too have served my country, you appear to be the type that uses your service as an excuse to justify whatever point you’re trying to make. You don't have all the facts. Believe me, by condoning the killing of a police officer is all I need to know about you. You’re a disgrace to your country, service or not.
Navy VET September 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Who do you think you are?! You can't put me in a box! You seem hell-bent on defining who I am.. True, I don't spell check. Obviously I have a soul. I don't want to be a disgrace mister please show me the way to self-rightous condescending salvation!!! Save me!! Oh wait... IDGAF
Ron September 06, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Ron Paul supported - 'nuff said
Ron September 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I agree with Calif1 - simply an absurd waste of life for no good reason - "concealed tags"? And somebody dies? Absurd, whatever the reason.
Ron September 06, 2012 at 10:53 PM
NavyVET is correct. There was zero reason to close the Freeway for so long. It was gross overkill (no pun intended) and abuse of discretion. Of course, nobody says a peep because of our "brave" police and all those scoundrels who wrap themselves in the flag. Could have easily opened a few lanes and let traffic pass by - they would do that for ANY other shooting.
Ron September 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Let Amurikuns have all the guns they wish. Just don't sell the fools any ammunition - no Constitutional protections about banning bullets...
Tim September 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
"What the CHP officer should have done..." I completely disagree with this statement. I don't like "revenue stops" any more than you do, however, these officers have their marching orders. We live in a civil society (or at least used to). There are other ways (non-violent and lawful) to address this issue. The officer had every right to make the stop for a violation of CA Vehicle Code. In fact, I'm glad the CHP are out there at rush hour at all. When I lived in NY, I noticed the NY State Troopers only patrolled the lanes opposite of the rush hour commute and let the commuting lanes be a free for all death trap. They wanted no part of it. Shame on those of you defending this scum-bag cop killer. I wonder if he weren't white if you'd be making these comments. Finally, and most importantly, thoughts and prayers to the fallen officer's family.
Tim September 06, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Really? How many cops has Ron Paul shot?
Lisbeth Allen September 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
It is important to find out about this guy's biography, with hopes of possibly being able to recognize the signs of imminent violence in another person, the next time.
Robert Bosch September 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
then what are you doing you stupid hippocrit
Val September 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM
It's very sad - two dead men. But there is plenty unexplained events. It should be confirmed what he was stopped for? Officer spoke to the suspect for 40 sec - did the suspect had the gun in his hands. Why did came to his car? He cleaned the area from the dead deer - why of a sudden he wanted to speak to the suspect? Who saw suspect shooting? What was the weapon from which the officer was shot? Does expertise confirms - it's suspect's gun? If second officer shot from the passenger's side - could he killed both - the suspect and fellow officer? All these questions should be investigated. It's too early to say who is guilty. Again -it's a really bad story but we cannot jump to conclusion based on peoples' lifestyle. I personally don't case how many children the shot officer had or where the suspect used to work - they are both were leaving creatures.
Kathy September 07, 2012 at 02:50 AM
This man was obviously seriously mentally ill. His family stated he suffered from mental illness. Unfortunately, our society does not know what to do with the mentally ill. This man appeared to be quite functional as he supported himself and he did not terrify his neighbors. As an adult, no one had the authority to force him into treatment or a facility as long as he was not deemed an IMMEDIATE danger to himself (lying on the ground covered in his own excretment) or to someone else (threatens life or safety) there is nothing anyone can do, not the family, police, doctors, etc. Even if a person (and these are very BIG ifs) has medical insurance, sees a competent mental health doctor, is diagnosed correctly, and prescribed adequate prescriptions, there is no assurance the person will take the prescriptions. Once a correct diagnosis is made, it must be continually monitored. There are many, many mentally ill people who are mentally ill due to no fault of their own by living an at-risk lifestyle. I don't know what the answer is, but what we have now is definately not working.
Lisa Duluth September 07, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Uhh,, I have a better one for you. How about the person being pulled over just puts his gun away and doesn't shoot the officer who is questioning him? Nobody would had to die for this.
Californicated1 September 07, 2012 at 03:53 AM
"Cops have their marching orders" is not that different from the guards at Treblinka and Theresienstedt telling their tribunals that they were following their orders, or Lt. Calley following his to burn down the village of Mylai, or Lindy England following her instructions from her chain of command at Abu Ghraib. In the end, it is the coward's way to do things, right or wrong, with or without any conscious or even conscientious thought and eventually, those that just follow orders may find themselves on the wrong end of a trial or worse yet, the wrong end of a gunbarrel. And when it comes to Law Enforcement personnel, it is a waste of training and manpower when we lose any one of them in the line of duty. And it's worse yet when their families lose them, too, especially for something as worthless and possibly even as useless as a "revenue stop".
Bob Wa September 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You my friend are living proof that even GOD make mistakes.
Ray Wa September 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
You my friend are living proof that even GOD make mistakes.
lysue September 08, 2012 at 11:22 AM
To Everyone... What story would be told if you were in their shoes? Could you walk that mile? Would you have come to the same conclusions if you were the victim or the accused. It is easy to listen to the stories of our sensationalizing news reports however, it is harder to place yourself in the shoes of others we don't know. Each one of you have a different point of view, which is neither right or wrong They are just your individual points of view, which has been created by your lifes path you have experience thus far. I hope each of you can find a moment of forgiveness to those who 'Don't know what they don't know.' If you think about it for awhile you'll understand this message.
Janice P Ellis September 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
This could have happened at ANY stop, Californicated1. CHP officers aren't in a position to pick and choose their stops. I would imagine they stop drivers who they feel warrants a stop, regardless of how "petty" the stop may seem to us. Interesting how people look at things in different ways, for example, your 680 rush hour "cookie jar" analogy. You see the CHP presence there as revenue generating. I see it as, among other things, helping to ensure the safety of drivers as we navigate California roadways; no easy feat sometimes when driving seems to be the last priority over texting, yakking on their cell phones, doing their make-up, combing their hair, reaching for whatEVER they're trying to get at in the back seat, etc. Just because a motorist isn't harming traffic doesn't necessarily mean the motorist shouldn't be pulled over.
Rich Descoteaux September 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
No Name....... Your just another Liberal idiot. Why not try Booze+People+vehicles = Dead People. Lets make your Mercedes illegal Dickhead !!!!!
Ray Wa September 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Actually Libertus whatever the citizens cannot in most all states carry guns (you need a permit) yes you can have them at home, hunting and the range with ammo separated. In addition there are several deaths in homes from accidents in fact more deaths from accidents than bad guys shot while protecting the home.
libertus_rebelium September 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
You are a turd and it sounds like you are the one hiding behind a flag. How can you sound like you want respect for your "service" and then rage against that wicked country you served. You are likely a guilt ridden hypocrite and while these cops were doing the real work defending people at home. you were getting fat on a boat.
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Dave Enright February 01, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Reading the post from "Californicated1" makes me wish his/her parents had not "fornicated." What an absolute idiot. I hope you don't "fornicate" as your children never had a chance. Moron.


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