Fullerton Police Officers Fred Casas and Kevin Scanlon have been chosen to receive awards from the local American Legion chapters for bravery in the line of duty.
Casas, 28, a five-year veteran, will receive the Legion's Award of Valor for his arrest of five men after a fatal shooting.
Casas was on motorcycle patrol March 27 when he heard a police broadcast to be on the lookout for a silver Cadillac limousine involved in the fatal shooting of Robert William Burke, 33, of Buena Park, and the wounding of another man at a house in the 100 block of South Edward Avenue, police said.
Casas drove to a strategically located freeway overpass and spotted the car in rush-hour traffic on the Riverside Freeway.
The officer zigzagged across freeway lanes to hold back traffic, then raced after the suspects' car, stopped it and arrested five occupants without incident. Police said some or all of the five men were suspected of being paid enforcers used to collect debts in drug deals.