Stockton, CA - Retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant, Joe Elsey Sr., 87, died on Saturday, while saving a friend during a home invasion.
According to KCRA, the incident occurred about 8:00 PM in the 800 block of East March Lane at the Rio Las Palmas Retirement Community. Retired CHP Sergeant Elsey went to visit a friend, also in her 80's, who lived in the same retirement community.
During the visit, a male suspect knocked on the door and identified himself as a "maintenance man." He said that there appeared to be a problem with the outside light. The suspect was allowed inside the residence. After the suspect entered, he attacked the woman with the apparent intent to rob her.
Retired CHP Sergeant Elsey immediately went to his friend's aid and began to struggle with the suspect. During the struggle, he suffered a heart attack and died. The male suspect fled and has not yet been located. Sergeant Elsey's friend was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her name has not been released. It is unclear if anything was stolen from the woman's home.
Sergeant Joe Elsey graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in March, 1957. He began working in the Crescent City area in May, 1957. In 1958, he was transferred to the San Jose area, and later worked in the Sacramento and Stockton areas. Sergeant Elsey retired from the CHP on September 3, 1986. He is survived by his son, retired San Joaquin County Deputy Joe Elsey, Jr.
The Stockton Police Department is conducting the investigation into the home invasion. Anyone with information is asked to call 209-937-8377.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Retired CHP Sergeant Joe Elsey. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
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