1880-1923

Officer John Carville
Sergeant Lauriston Stewart
Leadville Police Department
On July 17, 1880, Officer Carville and another Leadville officer were summoned to a store on a report
of a man brandishing a gun. The man, later identified as Charles Bakewell, moved to the back of the
store as the officers entered. Suddenly, he fired one shot, wounding Officer Carville. The second
officer (named Webb) pursued Bakewell out of the store and a running gun battle began. Sergeant
Stewart (or Stuart) was at the Police Station, and hearing the commotion, left his office and began
pursuing Bakewell. As Stewart was about to overtake Bakewell, the suspect drew a fresh revolver and
fired three shots. All three shots struck the Sergeant.

Bakewell was quickly captured and taken to the Lake County Jail. Officer Carville died the next day.
Sergeant Stewart died on July 22rd. Bakewell was tried, convicted and sent to prison, although he
narrowly avoided being lynched by some of Leadville's outraged citizens.

Sources: The Daily Democrat; Leadville Research Cooperative.



Marshal D. G. "Clate" Ogsbury
City of Silverton
Marshal Ogsbury was shot and killed on the night of August 24, 1881, in front of the Diamond Saloon
on Blair Street in Silverton. His killer was Burt Wilkinson, who was apparently a member of an outlaw
gang and was wanted by the Sheriff in Durango. Wilkinson was later caught and lynched by some of
Silverton's citizens.

Marshal Ogsbury was first buried in Silverton, but at the request of relatives, his body was reburied in
his home state of New York. His name is incorrectly spelled on on the memorial as "Ogsburg".

Source: San Juan County Sheriff's Department.



Sheriff Edward N. Campbell
Hinsdale County
In the early morning of April 26, 1882, Sheriff Campbell was was on a stakeout at a vacant home in
Lake City, along with Lake City Marshal Clair Smith. At 1:45am, George Betts and James Browning
entered the house to commit a burglary and were surprised by the two officers. When Sheriff
Campbell yelled for them to throw up their hands, the response was a .44 caliber bullet through his
chest, causing almost instantaneous death.

Both Betts and Browning were captured within a few hours and taken to the county jail. In the early
hours of April 27th, both men were forcibly removed from the jail by a large group of masked men.
They were taken to the Ocean Wave Bridge in Lake City and lynched.

Sheriff Campbell was originally from Ohio and had served with the infantry during the Civil War.

Sources: Lake City Mining Register; Rocky Mountain News; Lake City Silver World; Hinsdale County
Sheriff's Office.



Policeman John C. Phillips
Denver Police Department
In the early morning of July 16, 1889, Policeman John Phillips was walking his beat when he happened
upon an apparent burglar. When Phillips asked the man's business, the suspect replied that he was
"drawing water". Then, the suspect drew a revolver and fired a single shot at Phillips. The policeman
fell to his knees, but was able to fire a few shots and get to a callbox to call for help. Phillips died
shortly after giving a description of the suspect.

John Phillips thus became Denver's first police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Although the
newspapers called it "a murderous deed" and the public was outraged, the killer was never caught.




Mounted Policeman Charles F. Wanless
Denver Police Department
Policeman Charles Wanless was killed as he responded to a disturbance at a boarding house at 917
Broadway on September 18, 1890. Wanless had barely entered the premises at 9 o'clock when he
was shot by Joseph Barnes. Barnes was drunk and had been threatening and arguing with his wife
and mother.



Captain Charles A. Hawley
Denver Police Department
On January 15, 1891, Captain Hawley was talking outside the Windsor Hotel with Denver Policeman
Norris, when Harley McCoy and P. E. Robinson approached the officers. Hawley made an apparent
disparaging comment about McCoy. Robinson stopped and reached for a gun. Norris grappled with
Robinson, who shot Norris once in the chest. McCoy then drew a gun and shot Hawley twice. Norris
survived his wound, but Hawley died later in the hotel. McCoy was convicted and sentenced to life in
prison.

Source: Code 109.



Detective Alpheus J. Moore
Denver Police Department
On March 20, 1895 Detective Al Moore was escorting three prisoners from their apartment to the jail.
Moore was taking them to a call box when they all escaped. Moore followed one man (thought to have
been Pat Crowe and later found to be Cyrus Eddinger) down Nineteenth. Moore fired two shots, the
first a warning shot in the air and the second at the man. The man turned and fired several shots, one
of which struck Moore in the groin, severed arteries and paralyzed his leg. Moore died the next day in
the hospital. The assailant was never captured.

Source: Code 109.



Deputy R. B. Williams
Gilpin County
On April 16, 1896, Gilpin County Sheriff Kehler deputized R. B. Williams to help him apprehend a
suspect named Covington, who had threatened to kill the Judge. When they contacted him, Covington
shot both Kehler and Williams. Kehler survived, but Williams died three days later, April 19, 1896.

Source: Gilpin County Sheriff's Office.



Sheriff Edward Farr
Huerfano County
On the morning of July 16, 1899, Huerfano County Sheriff Edward Farr joined a posse in the New
Mexico Territory town of Cimarron. The posse was searching for the famous Sam Ketchum Gang that
had been robbing banks, trains and postal units in New Mexico and Arizona for many years. Their
latest escapade had been the robbery of a Colorado & Southern train on July 11th, just south of
Folsom, in the New Mexico Territory.

That evening, the posse caught up with a remnant of the gang, consisting of Sam Ketchum, G. W.
Franks (alias Will Carver) and Elza Lay (alias William McGinnis). During the attack on the camp,
Sheriff Farr was shot three times and died within minutes.

Ketchum was later arrested and hung on April 26, 1901 in New Mexico for train robbery. Lay escaped
but was arrested on August 16th, tried, convicted of Farr's death and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Franks was never caught. Ironically, Lay was pardoned by New Mexico Governor Otero on January
10, 1906.

Sheriff Farr was one of southern Colorado's largest ranchers and was eulogized as "a man of
generous impulses and unyeilding courage". Also killed in the gun battle was New Mexico Deputy
Sheriff M. Love.




Policeman Thomas C. Clifford
Policeman William E. Griffiths
Denver Police Department
On August 13, 1899, three soldiers from the 34th Infantry at Fort Logan were drinking and acting
boisterously at Klipfel's Saloon in downtown Denver, so they were ordered out. As the trio left the
saloon, they were confronted near 20th and Blake by Policeman Thomas Clifford. When Clifford
demanded that the men relinquish their weapons, one of the soldiers, Wellington Llewellyn, drew his
weapon and shot and killed Clifford.

Llewellyn then fled toward the 16th Street Bridge, with other officers in foot pursuit. Policeman William
Griffiths chased Llewellyn under the bridge, where he was also shot and killed. Although Llewellyn
escaped, he was identified by the other two soldiers and for a while, the Denver Police stopped every
soldier walking the streets. This led to bad feelings between the police and the Army, so the search
was eventually abandoned.

Lewellyn was never caught, and an unconfirmed report in 1912 had him leading a group of bandits in
the Philippines.



Captain William Bohanna
Police Surgeon Frank Dulin
Denver Police Department
On Sunday, March 12, 1905, George Shissler decided he'd had enough of his neighbor, Key Sill. The
two had had a property dispute since 1902, and Shissler was about to end it. He sent his wife and
children off to church and then took his shotgun and walked over to Sill's home. After a heated verbal
exchange, Sill began to run and Shissler shot and killed him. Shissler then shot at Mrs. Sill through a
window and killed her as she tried to escape. He also tried to kill Sill's daughters but they got away.

As an ambulance carrying Captain William Bohanna and Police Surgeon Frank Dulin arrived on the
scene at East 39th Avenue and Adams Street, Shissler opened fire, striking them both. Dozens of
patrolmen, deputies and armed citizens then surrounded the house, and after 2 hours and a reported
400-500 rounds of ammunition had been fired, authorities entered the house and found Shissler
dead. Two days later, Doctor Dulin died from his wounds, and the following day, Captain Bohanna
succumbed.

Never in the young history of Denver had such an event taken place, and the newspapers labeled
Shissler a "maniac".



Sheriff William J. Thompson
La Plata County
William (Big Bill) Thompson stood 6' 4" tall and weighed 280 pounds, but that didn't help him when he
got into a gun battle with Jesse Stansel, the Town Marshal of Durango. Thompson had been
appointed La Plata County Sheriff in 1898, and on January 9, 1906, he began to close down
Durango's gambling halls under orders from the Governor. Marshal Stansel objected, and the two got
into an argument at the El Mano Saloon. The argument moved out onto the sidewalk, where the two
men emptied their guns at each other.

After the smoke cleared, both men were taken to Mercy Hospital, where Sheriff Thompson died from
four bullet wounds. Marshal Stansel sustained one bullet wound to the chest and survived. After it was
discovered that one of Thompson's wounds was to his back, Marshal Stansel was arrested for murder.

Before the trial could take place, Sheriff Thompson's clothing, which was vital evidence to prove the
murder charge, was burned by the undertaker. As a result, Stensel was acquitted by the jury. Soon
after, he moved to Texas.



Policeman John Spellman
Denver Police Department
On June 18, 1906, Policeman John Spellman was attempting to arrest three men because they were
loud and drunk. Spellman gave them a warning, and then approached them to place them under
arrest. One of the men, thought to be George Turner, opened fire. Spellman was shot twice, once
under the left nipple and again throught the heart. He died almost instantly.

Source: Code 109.



Special Agent Joseph A. Walker
United States Secret Service
Joseph Walker became the first Special Agent in Charge of the Denver office of the U. S. Secret
Service. His territory included Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

On November 3, 1906, Walker was investigating a case of land fraud with another Secret Service
agent and two Interior Department engineers. While the other three men were down inside a mine
shaft, Walker was shot in the back with a rifle. Two suspects were arrested and tried for the murder,
but were found not guilty by a jury that feared reprisals.

Source: U. S. Secret Service.



Policeman William H. Beck
Denver Police Department
Between 3:15 and 3:30am on May 2, 1908, Policeman William Beck was checking a photo supply
store at 423 Sixteenth St., owned by E. O. Van Brandt. Beck found the rear door unlocked, so he
entered the store to leave the owner a explanatory note. Beck turned and apparently encountered a
burglar who fired at him and killed him instantly. The burglar fled and was never apprehended. The
exact details of the murder of Policeman Beck are still unknown.

Source: Code 109.



Policeman William P. Stephens
Denver Police Department
On August 25, 1908, Policeman William Stephens responded to a possible burglary and confronted a
man on a horse with another horse in tow. Words were exchanged, and the horseman pulled his gun
and shot Stephens. The horseman then made his way east toward Sullivan, where he sold one of the
horses. The buyer later discovered a bullet in the horse and contacted the police. The police arrested
John Bradley, a known horse thief. Bradley was put in prison, where he died in 1930.

Source: Code 109.



Officer Alexander Brighton
Trinidad Police Department
January 20, 1909 - Officer Alexandar Brighton (Trinidad) responded to a Domestic dispute at a
bordello in Trinidad. Officer Brighton arrested Joe Enquine (AKA Guiseppe di Ciocotto). Enquine
submitted passively and asked permission to get his hat. He stepped into another room and returned
seconds later with a 38 caliber revolver and shot his wife and Officer Brighton.

Officer Brighton returned fire and hit Enquine killing him. Officer Alexandar Brighton died two days
later. He was 41-years-old and survived by his wife and four children. The youngest being born just
two hours before his death.



Marshal John M. Rennix
Town of New Castle
When New Castle Town Marshal Bill Griffith was dismissed and jailed for selling liquor to unauthorized
persons, he swore revenge on his replacement, John Rennix. True to his word, he shot Rennix from a
second floor hotel room as Rennix was crossing the street on November 25, 1910.

Griffith then killed one man and wounded another in a gun battle that expended an estimated 250
rounds. After the battle ended, Griffith was found dead, though it is unknown whether he died from
outside fire or he commited suicide.

Source: Garfield County Sheriff's Office.



Chief Marshal Jesse B. Craig
Night Marshal Jacob A. Kipper
Rocky Ford Police Department
Chief Marshal Jesse B Craig Sr. and Night Marshal Jacob A. Kipper (Rocky Ford) were killed when
they responded to a domestic dispute in Rocky Ford. The two officers had just returned from La Junta
on the train while transporting a prisoner. They went to the Harris residence and found Bob Harris had
been drinking and quarreling with his wife and his parents.

Bob Harris had been in trouble before and was known to the Marshal's. When they attempted to
arrest him, a fight broke out and Harris' father, mother and wife all assisted in fighting the two
Marshals'. Bob Harris ran to another room and grabbed a 44 caliber revolver and returned to the fight
shooting Marshal Craig and then Marshal Kipper. Both officers staggered out of the house and
collapsed in the front yard. Bob Harris ran off but was captured two days later.

Marshal Craig died on the front sidewalk. He was 59-years-old and was beginning his second term as
Chief. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Marshal Kipper died 14 days later at Denver's St Joseph's Hospital. He was survived by his wife and
two sons.

Robert Harris (Prisoner #8180) was convicted of Murder in the First Degree and sentenced to death.
Later his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died in the Colorado State Penitentiary on
December 30, 1926.



Policeman William McPherson
Denver Police Department
On March 9, 1912, Policeman McPherson was in the Loyd saloon in the Valverde district, when two
masked men entered the saloon and opened fire on McPherson and the bar keeper, Andrew J. Loyd.
McPherson was shot four times, but was able to return fire at the two assailants. McPherson was
transported to the county hospital and identified two suspects as William Tullis and Sam Rizer, who
had been arrested by McPherson a month earlier. Tullis and Rizer claimed they were innocent, and a
question arose as to whether they were the assailants. There was a trail of blood that exited the
saloon, yet neither Tullis nor Rizer had been shot.

A man named Oscar Cook, who had been transported to St. Joseph's hospital with an unexplained
gunshot wound in his side, was questioned by police. Cook identified Edward Seiwald as his
accomplice, and after Seiwald was arrested, he confessed to the shootings of McPherson and Loyd.

Both McPherson and Loyd succumbed to their wounds. Policeman McPherson died at 8:35am, March
11, 1912.

Source: Code 109.



Marshal Charles P. Eyser
City of Ft. Morgan
Charles Eyser had been the night marshal in Ft. Morgan for the past four years. On September 30,
1916, he stopped by the Manhattan Cafe and Rooming House as part of a bootlegging investigation.
At the head of a stairway, he approached John Swan and a companion, both subjects of the
investigation. When he advised them that he would have to search them and their hotel room, Swan
pulled out a gun and shot Eyser just below the heart. Eyser was able to return fire and wound Swan
before he collapsed.

Mrs. Godfrey Weimer was also killed in her hotel room by a stray bullet from Swan's gun. Swan was
convicted of murder and sentenced to life in the State Penitentiary, but he escaped from the Morgan
County Jail in 1917.

Sources: Ft. Morgan Police Department; Ft. Morgan Times.



Policeman Luther McMahill
Denver Police Department
At 3:30am on September 14, 1918, Policeman Luther McMahill called in his last report and was riding
his bicycle home, when he encountered a band of robbers on Colorado near 16th. When McMahill
pointed his flashlight at one of the men who was in a car, the man drew a weapon and shot McMahill
directly above the heart, killing him almost instantly. The car then started toward 17th and picked up
another man who was running on foot.

The killers of Policeman McMahill may have been the same criminals who had killed Chief of
Detectives John Rowan of the Colorado Springs Police Department only one day earlier. The
identities of the killers are still unknown.

Source: Code 109.



Policeman Emerson L. McKinnon
Denver Police Department
On May 14, 1919, Policeman Emerson McKinnon had responded to a fire at the city shops. He was
helping two firemen with a hose line, and as they advanced into the smoke-filled city shops, McKinnon
fell through an opening in an elevator shaft. He landed on a cement floor twenty feet below, causing a
fracture of his skull and a double fracture of his spinal column.

At the county hospital, surgery was performed, but the injuries were too severe and McKinnon died six
days later.

Source: Code 109.



Detective George C. Klein
Denver Police Department
Detective George Klein was the head of the bootleg squad, and on June 9, 1919 he led a raid on a
bootleg ring near West 40th and Pecos. During the raid, he accidentally shot and killed a 24 year old
man when he stumbled and his weapon discharged. The Italian community was outraged. Klein was
tried and released on bail. He returned to work, but in the early morning of August 20, 1919, he was
ambushed in front of his house. He was taken to the county hospital with nine bullet wounds, but he
only survived for a short time.

No one was ever apprehended for the murder of Detective Klein, but reports indicate that it was
bootleg related. Klein's murder is considered to be the first bootleg killing in the United States.

Source: Code 109.



Policeman James E. Boggio
Denver Police Department
On January 6, 1920, a team of four Denver Police officers was searching a residence on West 46th
Street for Adrian P. Thompson, who was wanted in Adams County for tools theft. The team consisted
of Policemen James Boggio and D. Chuven, along with Detective G. Schneider and Sergeant J. M.
Barry.

Boggio, Chuven and Barry had left the house, when Schneider called for them to return. Chuven
entered the kitchen and was attacked by Thompson's mother, who beat him with a fireplace bar.
Boggio followed Chuven into the kitchen and was shot three times by Thompson, who was hiding in a
stairwell. Barry and Schneider returned Thompson's fire, killing him, but receiving wounds in the
process.

Boggio died of his wounds at County Hospital on January 8th. At 25, he was the youngest member of
the Denver Police Department.



Chief L. P. Bass
Boulder Police Department
Lawrence (L. P.) Bass was Boulder's first Chief of Police, and the first Boulder police officer to die in
the line of duty. On March 18, 1920, Bass and five other people were responding to a fire in Boulder's
first police car, a two-day old Buick. Among those in the car were Boulder County Undersheriff William
Stretcher and 16-year old Joe D. Salter At the corner of 19th and Pearl, the police car collided with
the city's first fire truck. Bass, Stretcher and Salter died as a result of the accident.



Policeman Forrest Ross
Policeman Clarence E. Zeitz
Denver Police Department
April 2, 1921 was surely one of the worst days in the history of the Denver Police Department. Within
a few minutes on that date, two officers received fatal injuries and 15 other people were injured in two
separate, but disturbingly similar accidents.

Policeman Forrest Ross was responding in a police "riot car" to a reported holdup at 13th and
Broadway. As he attempted to turn onto Bannock from 14th, he swerved to avoid traffic, struck a curb,
rolled the car three times and came to rest against a telephone pole.

A few minutes later, another "riot car" was responding to Ross's accident, using lights and siren.
Inside the car were Policeman Clarence Zeitz, Policeman Sales (who was driving) and three
newspaper reporters in the back seat. At 14th and Tremont, the police car collided with a touring car,
rolled over and came to rest on its top.

In the first accident, Ross and two other policemen were injured and taken to area hospitals. Ross
died two days later at St. Anthony's Hospital. In the second accident, Policeman Zeitz was killed
instantly, and thirteen other people (including several pedestrians) were injured in the collision.

Source: Code 109.



Policeman Arthur J. Pinkerton
Denver Police Department
Policeman Arthur Pinkerton was found unconscious near a fallen arc light at 37th and Marion. He was
taken to Denver County Hospital, suffering from electrical shock, but died the morning of May 31,
1921 with out regaining consciousness. It is presumed that he tried to move the arc light out of the
way of passing pedestrians.

Source: Code 109



Policeman Richie Rose
Denver Police Department
On October 31, 1922, Policeman Richie Rose stopped at his house between 1:30 and 2:00am to
have breakfast with his wife. He said his goodbyes and headed toward the call box at 41st and Lipan,
just northwest of his home. After he walked through a vacant lot and crossed 38th, Rose saw a
darkened car parked in the middle of the street. As he approached the car, several shots rang out
from the vehicle. Rose ran behind a power pole near the alley and returned fire at the car. From
behind some railroad ties in the alley, two other men shot at Rose, hitting him. As he lay unconscious,
the unknown assailants took Rose's gun and fired all of the bullets into his body. Rose was then
carried to a tavern at 38th and Lipan. Police and an ambulance responded 1½ hours later, but by
then he had died. His last words were, "Mafia, Mafia, Mafia".
The killers are unknown, but it was suspected that Rose was ambushed by bootleggers.

Source: Code 109




Patrolman Elmer E. Cobb
Boulder Police Department
At 5:30 AM on November 19, 1923, Patrolman Elmer Cobb left his home to begin his 6:00 shift at
Police Headquarters, just six blocks away. Cobb never made it to work, that day. He was murdered
behind a billboard at Ninth and Pearl Streets by an unknown assailant. The assailant struck Cobb on
the head and then shot him in the head, execution style.

The investigation of Cobb's murder was clouded by Prohibition, payoffs and the city politics of the
day; the crime was never solved.
1924-1959

Sheriff Willis A. Davis
Delta County
On October 18, 1924, Sheriff Davis came upon Woldene Allentharp, who was wanted on three
warrants. He exchanged some friendly words and told Allentharp he was under arrest. Allentharp
asked if he could get his sweater, then stood up and leveled a .45 at Davis, declaring that he would
never go alive. When Davis attempted to draw his gun, Allentharp fired three shots at him. Two shots
went wild and the third hit Davis in the abdomen. When Allentharp saw what he had done, he dropped
his gun and cried, "Don't shoot! I'll give up!" Davis fired two shots, but both missed.

Davis was rushed to the hospital for surgery, but he died a day later.

Source: Delta Independent.



Policeman James Shannon
Denver Police Department
Policeman James Shannon was on his beat at 34th and Williams, shortly after 11pm, April 4, 1925. As
Shannon was attempting to place Alfred Dorchak under arrest, he was shot in the left side upward into
the heart. Dorchak then stole a car and fled. Shannon was found dead on the sidewalk at 11:15pm.
He had died almost instantly.

Dorchak was arrested a short time later for the killing. He admitted to the shooting, but said he didn't
know he had killed killed the officer. On April 29, 1925, Alfred Dorchak was sentenced to life in prison
for the murder of Policeman Shannon.

Source: Code 109.



Agent Clyde L. Taylor
U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Agent Taylor was attempting to arrest a moonshiner in Leadville, when the man fired at him with a
shotgun. Agent Taylor was not wounded by the shotgun blast, but suffered a fatal heart attack as a
result and died on May 11, 1925.




Patrolman Elmer I. Rich
Denver Police Department
Patrolman Rich responded to a domestic disturbance call on March 23, 1927, at 3511 Jason. The
dispute was between Eulopio Veltran and his wife Marie. As Rich entered the house through the back
door, Eulopio opened fire on him. Marie tried to make her husband stop, and when he didn't, she
jumped between them and took a bullet in the right breast. She fell to the floor and Eulopio shot again
at Rich, hitting him in the right temple and the left chest, and killing him instantly. Eulopio then walked
to the living room and turned the gun on himself.

Source: Code 109.



Patrolman Harry R. Ohle
Denver Police Department
On November 22, 1928, Patrolmen Harry Ohle and R. K. Evans were searching a residence at 2233
Curtis, acting on a tip that illegal alcohol was being dispensed at this location. After searching the
lower level, the patrolmen, accompanied by the house matron, Louvenia Reese, went upstairs. As
they opened a door and entered a darkened room, three shots rang out, striking all three. Ohle died
instantly, a bullet through his heart.

The shots were fired by Eddie Ives, who had just robbed a nearby liquor store and thought the police
were looking for him. Ives, who weighed only 80 pounds, was captured, tried and convicted. His
sentence of death by hanging was carried out at Canon City on November 11, 1930, but only after
several unsuccessful attempts. Thereafter, the State of Colorado switched to lethal gas for its
executions.



Patrolman Robert K. Evans
Denver Police Department
On November 22, 1928, Patrolman Robert Evans was shot in the right arm during an altercation and
was admitted to Denver General Hospital for treatment. His night nurse turned out to be his former
fiancee, Farice King. Although Evans had broken his engagement to King and married another
woman, King seemed at ease with the situation, and for several nights, the two talked about old times.

In the early morning hours of November 28th, King walked up to the bed where Evans was sleeping,
fired two shots into him and then turned the gun on herself. Evans died instantly, but King survived,
was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. On February 14, 1934, King was pardoned by the
Governor.



Patrolman Clarence W. Alston
Denver Police Department
Patrolman Alston was walking his beat shortly before 11pm on March 24, 1929, when he saw two men
pulling another man out of his car at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway. Alston ran to the
vehicle, stuck his head inside and demanded to know what was going on. Two shots were fired and
Alston fell to the street, shot through the chest and in the leg. He was rushed to Denver General
Hospital and died an hour later.

One of the suspects, William Marshall, was arrested as he boarded a streetcar. The second suspect
was found in his hotel room closet, shot through the head by his own gun.

Source: Code 109.



Deputy Sheriff Coral A. Hickman
Kiowa County
On March 14, 1930, Deputy Hickman and William Mosher saw a vehicle that matched the description
of a vehicle used in a recent robbery. Hickman followed the vehicle as it turned a corner, sped up and
then stopped as if to look at the tires. As Hickman caught up with the vehicle, three bandits, armed
with rifles and "six" guns, jumped out and headed for Hickman's car. The bandits opened fire and
Hickman was shot six times. The bandits fled and were apprehended two miles south of Jetmore,
Kansas.

Source: Kiowa County Press.



Sheriff William B. Justice
Washington County
During the evening of June 17, 1930, Sheriff William Justice and Akron Night Marshal George
McGruder were in the Burlington Railroad yards in Akron, searching for a hobo who had earlier
caused a disturbance in town. At about 8:35, the two men were standing on a side track, watching an
incoming freight train from the east, and failed to see a switch engine backing up from the west.

McGruder saw the engine first and jumped off the track as he called to the Sheriff. But Justice was
struck by the tender and thrown beneath the train. He was removed from the tracks and taken to the
Ft. Morgan hospital, where he later died from his injuries.



Agent Dale F. Kearney
U. S. Department of Justice
Agent Kearney received an anonymous call warning him to leave certain bootleg places in Aguilar and
Trinidad alone. Two days later, on Saturday evening, July 5, 1930, he was summoned from his house
and followed a vehicle from Trinidad to Aguilar. Kearney's car overheated, so he stopped at the
Aguilar Motor Co. shortly before midnight. J. G. Lile found a loose coupling on the oil line which had
caused the car to overheat. Lile went into the Alpine Rose Cafe, called for a tow truck and ate a
sandwich. At about midnight, he started to return to his vehicle. Shortly after that, shots were heard
and Kearney's dead body was found with 16 bullet wounds. The murderers are unknown, but thought
to be bootleggers that Kearney was investigating.

Source: The Walsenburg-Huerfano World.



Patrolman William Keating
Denver Police Department
On August 31, 1931, Patrolman Keating was checking in at 4:30am from the call box in front of the
McCarty-Sherman showrooms, while two youths, Donald Ray and William Piskoty, were inside
attempting to open the safe. The youths saw Keating and assumed that he saw them. They ran and
broke a window, forgetting they had opened the door. In their haste, they left some keys behind.
Keating heard the noise and went to investigate. He tried the garage doors and found the alley
entrance unlocked. He went in and searched for intruders.

An hour later, thinking the patrolman had left, Ray and Piskoty returned to find their keys. When
Keating saw them enter, he ordered both to put up their hands. They told Keating they were tourists,
that their car had broken down, and they thought someone could help them repair their car. Keating
told them they were under arrest and walked with them toward the call box. On the way, he asked
Piskoty for a driver's license. Ray dropped his hands and said he had one, but he turned around with
a .38 automatic and fired at Keating. The two ran, turned and fired again.

Keating was raced to Denver General Hospital and was able to give a description of the two before he
died. The two suspects were arrested, confessed to the murder of Patrolman Keating and were
sentenced to 65 years to life imprisonment.

Source: Code 109.



Detective John F. Dea
Detective George P. Schneider
Denver Police Department
February 11, 1933 became a day of terror for the 100 or so people at the Colorado Auction Company
in downtown Denver. When proprietor Henry Zelinger received $20 worth of tools on consignment
from Gay Rice, he became suspicious and notified the police, after telling Rice to return at 2pm. At the
appointed time, Rice was met by Detectives John Dea and George Schneider, who asked him to step
through a door and away from the people in the auction gallery.

The detectives did not know that Rice had been previously arrested for carrying concealed weapons
and was regarded as a "mental defective" for some threats he had made against the police. As Rice
went through the door, he drew a gun from his pocket and shot Dea twice, dropping him immediately.
He then turned and shot Schneider twice. After Schneider fell, Rice stood over him and fired five more
rounds into his body. Rice then ran amok in the auction gallery, firing at people, walls, windows and
cars outside. After Rice had fired nearly 50 rounds, he moved close enough to the wounded Dea that
the detective was able to fire four rounds, missing three times and finally hitting Rice once in the
forehead.

In the aftermath, Schneider was dead almost immediately, three of the gallery patrons were injured
(one later died), Rice died about an hour after the incident, and Dea died about 6pm, but not before
explaining what had happened.



Patrolman Clarence E. Fraker
Patrolman John J. O'Donnell
Denver Police Department
On March 22, 1934, Patrolmen Clarence Fraker and John O'Donnell were responding with lights and
siren through the streets of Denver. At 25th and Marion, their police car collided with another car. The
driver of that car later claimed he never saw the lights or heard the siren.

The two officers were rushed to local hospitals, where they both subsequently died of their injuries.

Source: Code 109.



Sheriff Adolpho Rodrigues
Costilla County
Sheriff Rodrigues and Undersheriff J. P. Mestes were investigating a robbery on January 1, 1934, and
had set up a road block. Two miners, Herbert Rankin and George Putnam, drove around the road
block in their van because they knew they were not guilty of any crime. The officers fired a few shots
at the van and Rankin and Putnam returned fire. Rankin and Putnam drove to a pool hall and
Rodrigues and Mestes followed. When the two officers entered the pool hall, the miners opened fire.
Sheriff Rodrigues was hit and died a few minutes later. Mestes was hit in the arm and never fully
recovered.

Source: "Reflections - Sheriffs of bygone days".



Patrolman Thomas J. O'Connor
Denver Police Department
On March 5, 1934, Patrolman O'Connor was crossing the street with his wife when they were struck by
an automobile. O'Connor's wife, Lila J. O'Connor, suffered a compound fracture of the right leg and
possible internal injuries. She was taken to Mercy Hospital and survived. Patrolman O'Connor died
almost instantly from a skull fracture and a compound fracture of the right leg.

Source: Code 109.



Officer Lee S. Whitman
Greeley Police Department
Officer Whitman was assigned to the complaint desk and prisoner booking area. Late on the night of
July 24, 1934, another officer brought a suspect, Jack Prince, in for booking. The arresting officer
went back on patrol, leaving Prince alone with Officer Whitman. Prince pulled a .38 caliber revolver
from his boot and shot and killed Whitman.

Source: Greeley Police Department.



Patrolman Alson C. McCasland
Denver Police Department
On April 13, 1935, Patrolman McCasland was traveling east on a motorcycle. At East 19th and
Clarkson, his motorcycle struck a car driven by Miss Muriel Painter. The motorcycle overturned and
McCasland suffered a fractured left arm, brain concussion and numerous cuts. He died from
complications on May 28, 1935.

Source: Code 109.



Sheriff W. W. Dunlap
Montezuma County
On July 15, 1935, Sheriff Dunlap was transporting two murder suspects from Glenwood Springs to
Cortez for trial. The suspects were brothers Otis and Herbert McDaniels. Four miles east of Placerville
in San Miguel County, the suspects overpowered Dunlap and shot him.

Otis McDaniels paid for his crime on February 14, 1936 in the gas chamber at Canon City. Herbert
McDaniels received a sentence of life in prison.

Source: Montezuma County Sheriff's Office.



Detective Pasquale Marinaro
Denver Police Department
Shortly after 9:00pm on April 17, 1936, Detective Marinaro and other Denver Police detectives
entered an apartment building at 335 23rd St. They were looking for Amos Hayhurst, who was wanted
by police for the murder of Joseph Dicker at the home of Hayhurst's ex-wife Edna. Hayhurst had
originally planned to kill his ex-wife and himself.

Marinaro entered an apartment rented by Mr. and Mrs. Fisher to search for Hayhurst. When Marinaro
walked into the kitchen, Hayhurst opened fire with his gun and the first bullet struck the detective.
Marinaro fired two shots, one of which hit Hayhurst in the hip. When Hayhurst knew he couldn't
escape he shot and killed himself. Marinaro died of a bullet wound to the heart in an ambulance on
the way to the Denver General Hospital.

Source: Code 109.



Patrolman Forrest E. Sawyer
Denver Police Department
On March 8, 1937, a liquor-maddened man, Fred Stallings, threatened his twin brother. After he left
his brother's house, he ordered his wife to drive through a red light and into a parked car. When she
refused, he pulled out his gun and threatened to kill her. He then took the wheel himself and drove to
his home.

He called the police station and requested two officers to come and arrest him because he was crazy.
His intention was to kill them. Patrolman Sawyer and Patrolman Carroll, a rookie, responded and
approached the house. Stallings swung the door open and opened fire. He shot Sawyer near the
heart and Carroll in the chest. Sawyer stumbled to the driveway, collapsed and died. Carroll was able
to get to a gas station and call police.

Soon after, bystanders heard another shot as Stallings committed suicide.

Source: Code 109.



Detective Fred Renovato
Denver Police Department
On October 13, 1938, City Detective Renovato was informed of a crazed man named Joe Coats who
was dragging a woman named Virginia Garcia by the hair from her apartment. Renovato exited his car
in front of a home at 1221 22nd St. and Coats immediately opened fire on him. Renovato was shot
four times, once each in the neck, shoulder, leg, and heart. Coats turned the gun on Garcia and
pulled the trigger three times, but the weapon never discharged. He then escaped. Renovato was
able to lift himself and fire five times, but he missed.

All available officers were called out to search for Coats and given orders to shoot to kill. Renovato
was transported to Denver General Hospital but died enroute.

Coats was apprehended, tried and convicted for the murder of Detective Renovato. He was
sentenced to death and was executed on January 10, 1939.

Source: Code 109.



Undersheriff Clarence B. Fugate
Jefferson County
On October 12, 1940, Undersheriff Fugate was called to a domestic disturbance at Lee's Tavern that
had turned into a hostage situation. Arthur Markham and owner Jack Carleton had gotten into an
argument and Carleton had shot Markham three times.

When police arrived, Carleton said he would kill any officer who entered. Fugate entered and asked
for Carleton's gun, and Carleton told him it was in the kitchen. Fugate went to the kitchen, but didn't
find the weapon. He returned and asked for it again. Carleton reached behind the bar, pulled out a
weapon and fired at Fugate twice, hitting him once in the heart and once in the lung. Fugate was able
to fire one round before he died, but it lodged in the wall of the tavern.

Carleton escaped and hid in an alley where he was found and arrested. He was sentenced to life at
hard labor in the Colorado State Penitentiary at Canon City. Carleton died 22 years later in 1962
while still in prison. He was 76 years old and was buried at "Woodpecker Hill", the prison cemetery.

Sources: Lakewood Sentinel; Golden Transcript.



Patrolman Virgil M. Hall
Denver Police Department
Patrolman Hall and his partner, Patrolman Robert LaVernway, received a report of an auto theft
shortly after 1:00am on July 4, 1945. A few seconds later, they spotted the car and attempted to stop
it. The car sped away into an alley and crashed against a wall. Two men jumped out and ran. The two
officers split up and chased the suspects.

LaVernway lost his man and started back to the patrol car. On his way, he heard Hall's shotgun
discharge; then he heard additional shots and found Hall at 22nd and Larimer. Hall had been shot in
the stomach, left chest and hip, and wanted an ambulance. An ex-convict named Mondragon had
shotgun wounds in his head, chest and hips. Hall was waiting in the police car and Mondragon was
lying on the top of a stairway in the alley. They were both transported to Denver General Hospital and
Hall died the next day.

Mondragon was sentenced to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary on October 7, 1945. He was
transferred to the State Hospital, and in March of 1957 he was resentenced to 25 years to life.

Source: Code 109.



Town Marshal Raymond B. Lewis
Town of Castle Rock
17 year old Manuel Perez was a fugitive, wanted for shooting two Denver Police officers. On February
14, 1946, he was sitting in the B&B Cafe in Castle Rock, unaware that he had been recognized and
law enforcement had been summoned. When Marshal Raymond Lewis arrived at the cafe, Perez
became suspicious and attempted to leave. Although Lewis was unarmed, he approached Perez and
told the teenager to raise his hands. Instead, Perez pulled a revolver and fatally shot the Marshal in
the chest. Some of the cafe customers jumped Perez and held him until Undersheriff Duncan Lowell
arrived and made the arrest.

Perez was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison (as a minor, he could not
be sentenced to death).

Sources: The Record-Journal; Rocky Mountain News.



Officer Alvin Nelson
Leadville Police Department
In the early morning of April 8, 1949, Officer Nelson arrived to assist Officer Mindenhall, who was
tracking down Arvin Wurts after the man had broken into a car. Wurts had ducked into the Delaware
Hotel, and the two officers followed him up to a third floor room. When confronted in the room, Wurts
shot Nelson in the heart. Mindenhall returned Wurts's fire and killed him on the spot.

Sources: Denver Post; Leadville Research Cooperative.



Sheriff Wesley A. McDonald
Deputy James L. Jackson
Washington County
On November 8, 1952, Sheriff McDonald and Deputy Jackson drove out to a farm southwest of Akron.
They made the trip to pick up farmer Clarence Hass, a mental patient. The Sheriff, who had known
Hass for many years, parked the car about 35 feet from the back of the farmhouse and began to walk
toward the back door. Hass was standing in the doorway. He raised his rifle and gunned down Sheriff
McDonald. He then turned the rifle toward the police car and shot Deputy Jackson through the door.

After killing the two officers, Hass set the house and outbuildings on fire and then fled. After a twelve-
hour manhunt, and as officers were closing in on him, the insane farmer killed himself with the same
rifle.



Patrolman William A. Claassen
Denver Police Department
Patrolman Claassen and partner James Ingraham stopped at the Ideal Pharmacy at 2801 Downing St.
to investigate a burglary in progress. A gun duel erupted with an ex-convict named Jack Bundage.
Claassen was shot in the chest, but was able to fire one shot that wounded the gunman. Bundage
burst out of a rear window with his shirt stained from the gunshot wound. Although Ingraham had been
wounded by one of Bundage's shots, he fired a single round that killed the burglar.

Claassen died soon after the incident on February 11, 1953.

Source: Code 109.



Patrolman Richard Burchfield
Colorado Springs Police Department
On November 26, 1953, Patrolman Burchfield was dispatched to a personal armed robbery occurring
on North Cascade Ave. He soon called in and asked dispatch if there were any detectives working. His
second transmission advised that he was en route to HQ to meet the detective. A short time later, a
man came into the front desk of HQ and advised that there was a police car pulled over near Bijou
and El Paso St. and the officer appeared to be sick because he was slumped over. Officers raced to
the scene and found Burchfield lying dead in the patrol car. He had been shot seven times at close
range with a .22 caliber pistol.

Much remains a mystery, but information gathered during the exhaustive investigation that spanned 3
decades indicates that Burchfield had found and taken into custody a suspect in a series of armed
robberies. Found on the floor was an ID card belonging to the victim of the robbery that had occurred
earlier that evening. The reporting party initially had driven past the patrol car and saw a tall skinny
male walking briskly away. After driving around the block three times, he saw the officer slumped over
and became concerned.

This case has been officially cleared and no one has ever been charged with the murder of Patrolman
Burchfield.

Source: Colorado Springs Police Department.



Patrolman Donald J. Seick
Denver Police Department
Patrolman Seick was off-duty on January 12, 1958, and had stopped at a filling station with his wife.
Observing a man quickly walk out of the building, Seick suspected the man had just robbed the
station. Seick drove behind the man until he reached 50th and Green Court. He then asked the man
what he was doing in the service station, and the man replied that he wasn't doing anything except
walking. Seick turned to his wife and told her to duck. She climbed out of the car on the street side as
Seick got out on the curb to meet the man. Seick told the man to take his hands out of his pocket.

Mrs. Seick heard a shot and she ran to the other side of the car to see her husband slumping into the
gutter. The bandit then pointed the gun at her. She pleaded for her life and said she had six kids to
take care of. She stooped to her husband's side as he muttered something she couldn't understand.
The gunman walked across the street, climbed into a car and drove away. Seick died minutes later of
a bullet through the heart. Seick's gun was determined missing because he never left home without it.

Five days later, Donald Carl Zorens was arrested on suspicion of the murder and was positively
identified. Zorens was found guilty of murder in the first degree and was sentenced to the State
Penitentiary for the remainder of his natural life. However, he was paroled on January 7, 1974.

Source: Code 109.



Officer Raymond J. McMaster
Boulder Police Department
On November 9, 1958, Officers Raymond McMaster and Howard Grothjan were parked along Highway
7, watching for armed robbery suspects who were headed their way from the north. When the suspect
vehicle passed them, the officers followed and observed two men in the car. The officers decided to
stop the vehicle, unaware that a third man was hiding in the rear seat, armed with a pistol.

As McMaster approached the right side of the vehicle, a gun battle began. McMaster was shot in four
places, yet he still managed to seriously wound two of the suspects. Grothjan, who was not injured,
called for assistance and the three suspects were apprehended. Shortly thereafter, McMaster
succumbed to his wounds.

Two of the suspects, Vernon and Revilo Sides, were convicted of first degree murder and received life
sentences. The third man, Vernon Johnson, was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to
20 years imprisonment.



1960-1980


Patrolman Robert F. Jackson
Adams County
On the night of August 26, 1960, Patrolman Jackson received a call about a family disturbance
involving a weapon. He got clearance to go "red light and siren" to reach his destination more quickly.
As he approached the crest of a hill eastbound on 104th at the Valley Highway, he realized that the
small foreign car in his path was full of young people. To avoid this car, he swerved in front of a large
semi hauling bulk cement. He died at the scene of the accident from multiple injuries.

The emergency call that Jackson was answering turned out to be two teenage girls arguing. Their
parents had called for an officer to try to scare the girls.

Source: Adams County Sheriff's Office.



Sheriff Merlin H. Koerner
Lincoln County
Sheriff Merlin Koerner came from a law enforcement family, and had been Sheriff of Lincoln
County since 1932, when he was appointed to fulfill the term of his late father. On June 19,
1961, Koerner had gotten a search warrant from the County Judge and was driving through
Hugo, when his patrol car collided with a cattle truck at the intersection of Highways 287/40
and Lake Street.

The patrol car traveled about 65 feet, crashed into a storefront and Koerner was ejected from
the car. He died about four hours later from his severe injuries.



Deputy Sheriff John Clark
Eagle County
On the evening of July 12, 1961, Deputy Clark was involved in the pursuit of Delmar Spooner, who
had already murdered Colorado State Patrol Lieutenant Hiram Short. The Eagle County Sheriff's
Office blockaded the roadway. Spooner rammed one of the Sheriff's cars and went into the ditch. He
fled up the hillside and was pursued by Clark. Spooner fired at Clark, hitting him in the face. Clark
died five hours later in Leadville. Spooner was later captured, convicted of murder and sentenced to
life imprisonment in the Colorado State Penitentiary.

Sources: Rocky Mountain News; Arizona Daily Star.



Patrolman Robert G. Beghtol
Arvada Police Department
Patrolman Robert Beghtol was a member of the Arvada Underwater Team. On July 28, 1961, during a
scuba training session at a deep gravel pit near 60th and Tennyson, Beghtol incurred cramps from
the cold water in the pit. Then, his diving gear became entangled in rubble at the bottom of the pit and
he drowned.

Twenty years earlier, Beghtol's grandfather Lee had become Arvada's first uniformed police officer.



Detective Darrell J. Suer
Denver Police Department
On the evening of March 11, 1962, Detective Suer was working off-duty in uniform at the Regis
College field house. Following the tournament, Suer and his wife went to a cafe for a bite to eat. Soon
after, three armed men burst through the front door of the cafe. Suer jumped up and tried to prevent
the robbery. He fired a shot at one of the gunmen, striking him in the stomach. One of the other
gunmen shot Suer, who fell in a pool of blood near the kitchen door. The two other bandits dashed
out of the cafe and escaped.

Suer and the wounded gunman, Paul Martinez, were taken to Denver General Hospital. Suer died
upon arrival from a gunshot wound in the heart, and Martinez died the next day.

The next day, four suspects were arrested: Jerry Stilley, Joseph Scheer, Mrs. Virginia Fujiwara and
James Sides, who all had criminal records. Fujiwara was released and no further charges were
brought against her. Sides was questioned and released. Stilley was sentenced to life at hard labor
for his part in the murder, and Scheer was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Source: Code 109.



Patrolman Carl Knobbe
Denver Police Department
Shortly after midnight on September 12, 1962, Patrolman Knobbe was on routine patrol when he
heard of a robbery and stolen vehicle. He soon saw a car that matched the description of the stolen
vehicle. He gave chase and approached the car after it lost control and crashed into a tree in the
2100 block of South Williams. He did not use the radio to notify police of the chase or crash. When
Knobbe walked up to the passenger side of the car and opened the front door, Michael Bell, an ex-
convict who was on parole, put the barrel of a shotgun in the officer's stomach and fired. Knobbe
crawled on his hands and knees toward the car and around to the front bumper and collapsed. An
eyewitness, Richard Matt, called the police. Bell walked over to Knobbe and fired three more shots,
only one of which hit the officer.

The Denver Police Department launched the largest manhunt in Denver history with more than 200
policemen, off-duty officers, and volunteers. Knobbe was an above-average patrolman and well-liked
by his fellow officers. Bell was finally spotted by rookie officer Pennel, waiting for a bus. Pennel saw a
gun in Bell's pocket and he fired a warning shot. Bell surrendered and confessed and said he'd been
tempted to shoot four other officers.

Bell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. However, a jury found him guilty and sane. He was
sentenced and confined to the State Prison, awaiting execution during the week of December 2, 1963.
But his sentence was changed to life imprisonment. Nearly 15 years later, Bell attempted to escape
and was shot and killed.

Source: Code 109.



Patrolman Paul Major
Denver Police Department
On January 20, 1965, Patrolman Major was in a police car with Patrolman Albert H. Peterson. The two
stopped a car for a traffic violation and found it was stolen. Several occupants jumped out of the car
and fled in different directions. Major chased one of the fleeing occupants on foot. Major apparently
chased the man into the alley at the rear of 60 South Broadway, where he was shot twice, once in
chest and once in the back of his head.

Phillip Gonzales was soon arrested in his apartment after passersby told police they saw two men
enter the building. As officers entered Gonzales's apartment, they found him attempting to flush a
transparent Halloween mask down a toilet and saw him throw a nickel plated revolver out a window.
Major was dead on arrival at Denver General Hospital.

Gonzales was held for investigation of homicide, later charged, and sentenced to life imprisonment at
the Colorado State Prison on June 18, 1965.

Source: Code 109.



Deputy Sheriff James W. Mitchell
Larimer County
On July 15, 1968, Deputy Mitchell was eastbound on rain-slicked highway 14, about one-half mile east
of Laporte. He attempted to pass another vehicle driven by Stanley Dolan. The patrol car broadsided
Dolan's car. Both vehicles came to rest on the north shoulder of the highway and were demolished.
Mitchell was dead on arrival at Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital.

Source: Fort Collins Coloradoan.



Patrolman Merle E. Nading Jr.
Denver Police Department
On Sunday, October 3, 1971, Patrolman Nading was attempting to quiet a disturbance in the parking
lot of Clark's Diner at 2201 East Colfax Ave. He observed a man and a woman quarreling and
arrested the man on a disturbance charge. Patrons of the nearby Shapes Lounge gathered in the
parking lot and began to harass Nading. Off-duty officer Robert Wallis came to assist Nading. Nading
gave him custody of the suspect and started walking around the back of his patrol car to inform the
dispatcher of the growing crowd. One man in the crowd threw a punch at Nading, and when he started
to arrest the man, a second man interfered and Nading grabbed him. While Nading was holding the
second man in a headlock, the man reached around the officer's body, snatched his gun and fired
once. Nading was shot in the back. When Wallis saw Nading fall, he let go of his suspect and went to
Nading's aid. All of the suspects in the parking lot then fled.

Nading was pronounced dead upon arrival at Denver General Hospital. Nading's slayer was described
as a black man in mid 20s, about 5' 8" and weighing 155 pounds. A manhunt resulted, and Kenneth
Ray Green was apprehended in Texas. He was returned to Colorado, where he stood trial for the
murder of Officer Nading. He was acquitted, and many officers and the Denver Police Union were
highly critical of the manner in which the district attorney's office handled this case.

Source: Code 109.



Officer James A. Chew
Steamboat Springs Police Department
On July 28, 1972, Officer Chew was involved in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle, and a subsequent foot
chase of the vehicle's driver. After Chew had apprehended the driver and was searching him, the
officer was disarmed and shot with his service revolver. Officer Chew was declared dead before the
arrival of the ambulance. The suspect was later found to be an escapee from the State of
Washington. The suspect was tried and found guilty of Second Degree Murder and sentenced to the
State Penitentiary in Canon City.

Source: Routt County Sheriff's Department.



Deputy Sheriff Rodolpho F. Sanchez
Costilla County
When Deputy Sanchez responded to a disturbance call at a tavern where fighting had been reported,
he was fatally shot with a .22 pistol. Four suspects fled the scene in a pickup truck and were later
apprehended in Espanola, New Mexico. Two fellow officers were wounded by a knife and a .22 pistol.
One suspect, a white male, was charged with the killing. A jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

Source: Costilla County Sheriff's Office.



Patrolman Danny R. Barnes
Adams County
On May 31, 1973, Patrolman Danny Barnes was driving when he was hit head on by a motorist driving
the wrong way on the westbound ramp from Interstate 25 onto the Denver-Boulder Turnpike. Barnes
was on duty as an undercover officer. He died at 12:25am on June 1, 1973.

Source: Adams County Sheriff's Office.



Sergeant George G. Rosenbaugh
Colorado State Patrol
On June 19, 1973, Sgt. Rosenbaugh called in service at 12:48pm and proceeded to Durango to
attend a district meeting. Later in the evening he returned to Cortez, and following a conversation with
two officers from the Cortez Police Department, was found unconscious at the intersection of 1st and
Washington in Cortez by Officer Hinton. Rosenbaugh was still in service and in Patrol Car 239. He was
removed to Southwest Memorial Hospital by the Cortez unit, and at approximately midnight June 19,
1973 was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.

Source: Colorado State Patrol.



Police Patrolman Stephen D. Hensley
Delta Police Department
In the early morning hours of August 11, 1973, Police Patrolman Hensley and Police Patrolman Ralph
Curfman pursued a speeding motorcyclist, Leo Olivas. Olivas led the patrolmen east of Delta on
Colorado 92 to Read, where he turned off and went east into a hayfield. The two officers pursued
Olivas on foot until he fell down, rolled over and fired one shot at the two patrolmen.

Neither patrolman was hit by the shots. Curfman then ran to a nearby house to summon help. During
this time, Olivas overcame Hensley and forced him to drive toward Hotchkiss. While driving at the west
edge of Hotchkiss, Hensley jumped Olivas who was beside him on the front seat, and the patrol car
rolled into a ditch.

Sometime during the altercation, Hensley was shot once in the side and died ten minutes after the
patrol car accident and just before an ambulance arrived at the scene. Olivas was apprehended
without further gunfire and placed in the Delta County Jail.

Source: Delta Police Department.



Officer Gary D. Mills
Boulder Police Department
On August 25, 1973, Officer Gary Mills and another officer were finishing up a disturbance call in a
trailer park at 3003 Valmont. As the officers were leaving the trailer, William J. Abshire emerged from
another nearby trailer, carrying a shotgun and yelling obscenities. Abshire opened fire on the
policemen and Officer Mills received a fatal wound to the back.

The reason for Abshire's behavior is a mystery, since he had nothing to do with the disturbance call
the police officers were handling. Abshire was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10-40 years
imprisonment.



Corporal Thomas M. Hanson
Pueblo Police Department
On December 29, 1973, Corporal Hanson entered a 7-11 store during an armed robbery and was
shot by the robber. The bullet entered his shoulder and lodged in his lung, killing him.



Officer Gale E. Emerson
Durango Police Department
On August 24, 1974, while assisting at the scene of a fire on Main Avenue, Officer Gale Emerson was
killed when a wall collapsed.

Source: Durango Police Department.



Patrolman William E. Smith
Denver Police Department
On January 23, 1975, police were called to the Pier 11 Lounge (3730 Federal Boulevard) by
employee Mary Sue Apodaca, who said two men in the bar were causing trouble. The two men,
identified as David Lee Bridges and James A. Lang Jr., had been refused service in the bar. The pair
left the bar and then later returned to rob the establishment, armed with a .357 magnum pistol and a .
22 caliber rifle with the stock cut off. The two forced Miss Apodaca and three patrons to lie on the
floor, during which time one of the men reportedly kicked Miss Apodaca and poured hot coffee on her.
They then took wallets from the three patrons and money from the cash drawer, and fired several
shots into the walls and glasses behind the bar.

Patrolman Smith and his partner, Patrolman Frias, were among the officers responding to the
disturbance call. Neither officer knew about the stickup. Smith got out of the car before Frias and
walked to the south door of the lounge. He opened the door and as he started in, two shots were fired
and he fell, mortally wounded. The gunman, later identified as Bridges, ran out of the door and Frias
shot two or three times at him. Frias and another officer, Aaron Burroughs, lost sight of Bridges during
the chase and an intensive search started.

Bridges was found between two small sheds off the alley in the 3800 block between Federal
Boulevard and Eliot Street. Ambulances took William Smith, Mary Sue Apodaca and David Bridges to
Denver General Hospital, where Smith was later pronounced dead. Bridges was shot three times, with
bullets hitting the thigh, spleen, liver, chest and abdomen, but he survived his injuries.

Charges were later filed against Bridges and Lang for first-degree murder. Lang was charged
because a death occurred while he was participating in the commission of a felonious act. Both were
also charged with armed robbery and conspiracy.

Source: Code 109.



Officer Bernard L. Carter
Colorado Springs Police Department
On the afternoon of May 14, 1975, Officer Carter and a civilian observer had been assisting patrol
officers as they tried to control a riot involving 250 students at Irving Junior High. After remaining on
the scene several minutes, Officer Carter advised dispatch that the riot appeared to be subsiding and
he cleared the area. A few moments after the last transmission, the Colorado Springs Police
Department Communications Center was advised of some type of aviation crash on South Carefree
Circle near the intersection of Valencia Road. When assistance arrived on scene, it was discovered
that the CSPD helicopter had crashed, killing both Officer Carter and the civilian observer.

Source: Colorado Springs Police Department.



Agent Jack R. Coler
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Agent Coler was killed on June 26, 1975, in an ambush at Oglala, South Dakota, while on official duty.
He was on special assignment in that area, assigned to the Denver Division of the FBI.



Motorcycle Officer Dennis J. Ives
Colorado Springs Police Department
On the morning of August 7, 1975, Officer Ives was en route to assist in the Pageant Parade of the
Rockies. While traveling southbound on I-25, just south of Uintah, Ives was involved in an accident.
His motorcycle left the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in an area hidden from the roadway
and nearby homes. The accident was not discovered until nearly 10:30am. When officers arrived on
the scene to investigate, they found that Ives was dead. It was later determined that the accident
happened sometime after 6:00am and it is believed that Ives had been alive until approximately 8:
00am.

Source: Colorado Springs Police Department.



Detective Donald L. Debruno
Denver Police Department
On the evening of December 10, 1975, in front of the Continental Trailways bus depot (1669
Broadway), Detective Debruno and Detective David L. Haley were shot while attempting to arrest Roy
Allen Embry. Embry was wanted on a murder and assault to a police officer warrant issued in Canada,
and theft and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution warrants issued in Kentucky.

Debruno suffered a gunshot wound in the chest and was taken to Denver General Hospital where he
died shortly after arrival in the emergency room. Haley was shot in the stomach but survived his
injuries. Embry, who was shot by Haley during the altercation was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and he
also survived his injuries.

Source: Code 109.



Detective Sergeant Donald R. Laabs
Manitou Springs Police Department
On December 18, 1975, Detective Sergeant Laabs left the police station at approximately 8:00pm en
route to his residence in Security, Colorado. Laabs was seen entering the US24 Bypass on-ramp
toward Colorado Springs, which would be his normal route of travel. Laabs and his vehicle was found
at approximately 10:30pm in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25, approximately 100 yards north of
the Arvada Street exit, by a citizen passerby. Further investigation revealed that Laabs had been shot
at close range at least 8 times with a .22 caliber revolver. Laabs was pronounced dead at the scene.

To this date, investigations by the Colorado Springs Police Department have not revealed any leads
in the case.

Source: Manitou Springs Police Department.



Traffic Officer Harry L. Allen
Colorado Springs Police Department
On the evening of December 22, 1975, Officer Allen had been dispatched to a single car rollover
accident at the intersection of Platte Avenue and Powers Boulevard. At the time, traffic investigators’
cars were not equipped with overhead lights and the intersection was dark and unlit. The victim of the
accident had been transported away and Officer Allen remained on the scene to investigate. As
Officer Allen was taking measurements of the accident scene, he was struck and killed by a vehicle
traveling southbound on Powers. Police Traffic Lieutenant Emmet Butler said that Allen was carried on
the hood of the car for at least 150 feet before he fell to the pavement.

The driver of the vehicle was later cited for careless driving. Several weeks later, she pleaded guilty
and was fined $25.00 for the accident.

Source: Colorado Springs Police Department.



Officer Michael O. Conley
Estes Park Police Department
Officer Conley died in the Big Thompson Flood of July 31, 1976. Conley was on one of his days off
and had gone to Loveland to pick up his wife from the bus depot. As he drove up the Big Thompson
Canyon enroute to Estes Park, he became aware of the dangerous situation. In the general vicinity of
the Waltonia Motel, Conley, on his own volition and while off duty, rescued approximately 60 people
from the area before losing his own life in the flood.

Two years after the flood, a memorial was dedicated at the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon,
honoring Officer Conley and Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy.

Source: Estes Park Police Department.



Patrolman Jameson M. Longsworth
Greeley Police Department
On October 13, 1962, Patrolman Longsworth was dispatched to a family disturbance. While he was
attempting to mediate, the male party took a .22 caliber revolver from a drawer and shot Longsworth
once in the neck. Longsworth was paralyzed from the neck down, and as a direct result of this
paralysis, died an untimely death on November 22, 1976.

Source: Greeley Police Department.



Patrol Sergeant Wayne G. Bryant
Douglas County
On March 2, 1978, Patrol Sergeant Wayne Bryant died of a heart attack while on duty. No violence
was involved with his death.

Source: Douglas County Sheriff's Office.



Sheriff Virgil Mason
San Juan County
On December 2, 1978, a massive winter storm had hit the San Juan Mountains. Many snowslides had
occurred, one of which had blocked the road to a mine. Sheriff Mason was on his way to get the
miners down safely when he had a heart attack and died.

Source: San Juan County Sheriff's Office.



Sheriff Robert C. Watson
Larimer County
On January 5, 1979, Sheriff Watson died of a heart attack during the interrogation of a homicide
suspect. He died at the Sheriff's office in Fort Collins, his death an apparent result of job stress. He
was 59.

Source: Larimer County Sheriff's Office.



Officer Walter M. Northey
Arvada Police Department
On August 11, 1979, Officer Northey and a back-up, Officer Westerdahl, made a traffic stop on two
motorcycles in the 7500 block of Wadsworth Boulevard. Northey noticed a revolver in the waistband of
one of the riders, John Swisher. Northey arrested Swisher and put him in the rear seat of his patrol
car.

As Northey was standing behind the open driver's door preparing to enter the patrol car, he was
struck from behind by a vehicle driven by John Hostetler. The Hostetler vehicle continued north for 47
feet with Northey atop the hood where it collided with the motorcycle on the rear of a tow truck.
Northey was then thrown an additional 45 feet, coming to rest underneath Officer Westerdahl's patrol
car.

Two days later, on August 13, 1979, Officer Northey died at Lutheran Hospital from the injuries
sustained in the accident. Northey had been with the Arvada Police Department for 1½ years at the
time of his death.

Source: Arvada Police Department; The Denver Post.



Agent Perry S. Watkins
U. S. Secret Service
On January 14, 1980, at about 2:50pm, Joseph Hugh Ryan walked into the United States Secret
Service Office at 1660 Lincoln Street in Denver. For the next few minutes, Agents Daniel Simpkins
and Andrew Gruler listened and talked to Ryan, who rambled incoherently from one subject to
another, often making no sense.

Ryan had identified himself during the discussion, and with this information, a background check was
quickly made with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The check revealed, among other things, that
Ryan had a history of making threats against U.S. Presidents, had been arrested at the White House
gate for illegal acts, had a background of mental instability and had been committed to the V.A.
Hospital in Tampa, Florida in September 1979 where he was diagnosed as dangerous, and in March
1979, was found to be armed with a .357 Magnum handgun during an interview with a Secret Service
Agent.

Knowing the above information, Agent Simpkins asked Ryan if he was armed, to which he replied he
was. Agents Simpkins and Gruler watched him closely, but could not see a weapon. They continued to
engage Ryan in conversation while a call for assistance was made to the Denver Police Department.

At about 3:19pm, Agent Watkins walked out of his office to the reception counter gate, moving toward
the main entrance door. Suddenly, Ryan jumped from his seat and asked Watkins what he was doing,
while reaching with his right hand to draw a Colt .45 automatic from its concealed position under his
heavy corduroy coat. Watkins immediately moved toward Ryan, grabbing for the weapon in an effort
to disarm him. Two shots were fired by Ryan and struck Watkins. Watkins managed to draw his
weapon after being shot and fired a single shot before collapsing. Agent Gruler also fired four shots
and Ryan dropped his gun as he slid down the wall to the floor.

Agent Watkins died later that evening. Ryan, who was struck by all five bullets fired at him, died that
afternoon.

Source: U. S. Secret Service.



Patrolman Augustus J. Perreira
Colorado Springs Police Department
On April 12, 1980, Officer Perreira had stopped at the 7-11 at 2555 Delta Drive, unaware that a
disturbance had been called in. While inside, Perreira was contacted by the store clerk who requested
that he speak to a male who was later identified as Seth Buckmaster. Buckmaster had been causing a
disturbance. Perreira spoke to Buckmaster, who appeared somewhat disturbed, and then escorted
him outside. As Buckmaster began walking toward the door, he was heard to say that he was not
going to be taken to jail. As they reached the exterior of the building, Buckmaster produced a weapon
and shot Perreira. Perreira returned fire, wounding the suspect, but the officer's wound was fatal.

Buckmaster was later tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to the
Colorado State Hospital, where he remains to this day.

Source: Colorado Springs Police Department.



Officer Perry Messina
Federal Heights Police Department
On September 3, 1980, Officer Messina was on an emergency run to assist another officer in a
pursuit. He had the lights and sirens operating on his patrol car. When he entered the intersection at
West 84th and Federal, he was hit broadside by a pickup truck driven by Robert Moran. The pickup
was moving on a green light. Messina was pinned in his patrol car and died at the scene from head
and internal injuries.

Source: Rocky Mountain News.



1981-2008


Sheriff Eugene E. Kiefer
Clear Creek County
On the morning of February 10, 1981, Sheriff Eugene Kiefer was at the Arapahoe campground near
Mount Evans, assisting with a search for a Wheat Ridge man. Kiefer had just returned to his vehicle
when he was stricken with a heart attack. The Alpine Rescue team immediately began CPR, but Kiefer
was pronounced dead at 11:03am upon arrival at Lutheran Hospital.



Officer Kathleen Garcia
Denver Police Department
On March 28, 1981, Officer Kathleen Garcia had finished some reports from her late shift at Dictrict
One and then headed home. While sitting in her car in front of her residence, Garcia was shot once in
the head by an unknown assailant. She got out of her car, took a few steps and collapsed on the
sidewalk.

Garcia later died at Denver General Hospital from her wounds. Although an extensive investigation
yielded a few suspects, the murder of the 24 year old Garcia remains unsolved.



Officer Debra Sue Corr
Aurora Police Department
Officer Debra Sue Corr was patrolling alone on June 27, 1981, when she contacted a motorist for a
traffic violation in the 1500 block of Moline Street. The motorist, Joseph M. Ervin, broke free as she
attempted to arrest and handcuff him. Ervin then took Corr's weapon and shot her in the head.

As this was happening, Aurora Explorer Scout Glen Spies passed by and tried to help. Spies was shot
in the back, but survived. Ervin was arrested at his home in Aurora as he tried to saw the handcuffs
from his wrist.



Sergeant Frank McAteer
La Plata County
On July 4, 1981, Sergeant Frank McAteer was in Bayfield, assisting Marshal Les Seeley with a
disorderly conduct arrest. The suspect struggled with McAteer and Seeley for five or ten minutes
before being subdued.

Enroute to the La Plata County jail in Durango, McAteer complained of pains in his chest and legs, but
attributed them to the long struggle with the prisoner. During the booking process, Sergeant McAteer
collapsed from a massive heart attack and died the next day.



Officer Leroy Talbert
Denver Police Department
Officer Leroy Talbert was assigned as a dog handler in the Special Services Unit. Because of the
special physical demands of the Unit, all members were required to attend fitness workouts.

During one of these workouts at the departmental gym, Talbert suffered a heart attack. He was taken
to Porter Hospital, where he died on August 31, 1981.



Patrolman Mark L. Dabling
Colorado Springs Police Department
In December 1982, Patrolman Mark Dabling was walking to his patrol car during a traffic stop, when
the driver, Vernon Templeman, emerged from his car with a sawed-off .44 Magnum rifle and shot
Dabling in the back. Templeman then abandoned his car, stole another car and was captured just
south of Colorado Springs a short time later. Patrolman Dabling died in surgery at Penrose Hospital.

Templeman, a career criminal, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was
also convicted of robbery and burglary charges and sentenced to an additional 16 years.

Source: Denver Post.



Patrolman Frederick C. Rehmer
Fort Morgan Police Department
In December 1982, Patrolman Frederick Rehmer was responding to a report of a fight in progress.
Despite the fact that his emergency lights were flashing, Rehmer's vehicle collided with another
vehicle as he was trying to pass it. Rehmer's vehicle went out of control and struck a tree. Rehmer
was pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: Denver Post; Colorado State Patrol Accident Blotter.



Corporal Edgar B. Rains Jr.
Northglenn Police Department
On May 30, 1984, the daughter of Edward D. Quintana summoned police to their residence because
her father was threatening her mother with a gun. Corporal Edgar Rains and car partner Collis Woods
responded. When they reached the Quintana residence, Rains covered the north corner while Woods
covered the south corner.

Quintana brandished a weapon, and when ordered to drop it, he began to raise it into firing position.
Woods fired one round from a 12 gauge shotgun toward Quintana. When Quintana ducked back into
the house, the shotgun pellets continued to the north and struck Rains in the face and chest. Backup
officers were called and Quintana was arrested, but it wasn't until later that Rains was discovered at
the north corner of the house, lying on his stomach.



Special Agent Clifton Browning Jr.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
On December 8, 1984, Special Agent Browning had flown a surveillance mission near Laramie,
Wyoming and was returning to Grand Junction, when he experienced mechanical difficulties near
Meeker, and crashed in a heavy snow squall at about 5:45pm. Browning had served 21 years with the
Bureau prior to his death and had been stationed in Glenwood Springs since 1972.

Source: FBI.



Officer Thomas J. Dietzman Jr.
Aurora Police Department
On the morning of August 16, 1985, Officer Dietzman was present at the department's firing range to
test for selection to the Special Weapons and Tactics Squad (S.W.A.T.) Unit. He had completed the
physical agility testing and was the first applicant that day to take the firearms proficiency test. While
taking the test, Dietzman was accidentally shot one time in the back of the head with a MAC 10
automatic pistol. Investigation revealed that Dietzman did nothing wrong which contributed to his
death. Dietzman had been an officer with the Aurora Police Department for about five years.

Sources: Aurora Police Department; The Denver Post.



Officer Patrick J. Pollock
Denver Police Department
At 4:20 pm on December 12, 1986, the Denver Police Department received a call of a stick-up in
progress at The Colfax News, a book store located at 8216 East Colfax Avenue. Officer Pollock and
Officer Dan Saracino were a block away eating at Paisan's Pizzeria, so both officers left the restaurant
and ran toward the book store. Pollock began to chase the suspect, Jackie Eugene Jones Jr., who ran
through a gateway of a nearby home.

Saracino, after mistakenly chasing after a person who was not a suspect, headed toward Officer
Pollock and the suspect. As the suspect entered the yard of the home, several shots were fired and
struck Pollock in the head, neck and chest. Saracino ran into the front yard of the home where Pollock
had fallen and fired at the suspect, who was in the middle of the street, and then stopped to aid his
partner. The suspect began to slow down and finally fell to the ground across the street from the
fallen officer.

Pollock and Jones were transported to Denver General Hospital, where Officer Pollock expired at 6:
30pm while in surgery. Jones also died from his injuries while in surgery, at 10:00pm.

Source: Code 109.



Officer James E. Wier
Denver Police Department
On the night of June 3, 1987, Officer Wier and Officer Jimmy Gose were dispatched to 40 South
Pennsylvania Street for a "man-with-a-gun call". As the officers arrived at the home, they could see a
man, later identified as Charles Tarr, behind the screen door with a rifle or shotgun in his hands. The
officers went for cover, Wier crouching behind a three-foot stucco wall and Gose behind a car, just
before Tarr opened fire. Officer Wier then rose up from behind the retaining wall to return fire. As he
attempted his third shot, Tarr shot him fatally in the head.

Gose then called for back-up, which arrived within minutes. Before the mayhem was over, Sergeants
Ronald Samson and Peter Diaz were also wounded, Samson seriously. Tarr finally ended his "war" by
turning his gun on himself.

Sources: The Denver Post; "In the Line of Duty".



Deputy Stephen P. Miller
Jefferson County
At about 7:00pm on June 16, 1987, Deputy Miller and Warrant Officer Roger Pettner, who were flying
a two-seat patrol helicopter, were dispatched to the Scar Top Mountain area of Coal Creek Canyon to
search the rugged terrain for a 15-year-old boy who had threatened suicide and had run from his
residence.

During the search, the helicopter's engine failed and the aircraft crashed in the Coal Creek Canyon
area. Deputy Miller, who was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, a spiral fracture of the back
and a crushed shoulder, died the next day, June 17, from cardiac arrest. Officer Pettner, the pilot of
the helicopter, survived the crash with only cuts and a fractured foot.

Source: The Denver Post.



Deputy Daniel R. Stillwell
Denver Sheriff's Department
Timothy Vialpando was scheduled to go on trial in a few days for sexual assault against a 13 year old
girl. On Saturday evening, September 5, 1987, Vialpando was taken to Denver General Hospital for
treatment of a minor stab wound. After treatment, he was shackled to a bed in a room on the 7th floor.

Deputy Daniel Stillwell was on duty at the hospital that night, assigned to check on inmates (such as
Vialpando) who were not in the locked ward. At about 2:45am on Sunday, September 6th, Stillwell
entered Vialpando's room for a routine check of his leg irons. Vialpando attacked the deputy, and
after a brief struggle, got Stillwell's .38 caliber revolver and shot him twice in the chest.

Vialpando managed to remove his leg irons and fled into the street. He was pursued by hospital
security guards to 8th and Cherokee, where he was captured with Stillwell's gun still in his hand.



Agent Edward L. Hockom
Aurora Police Department
On September 18, 1987, Agent Edward Hockom contacted a red Ford pickup which fit the description
of a vehicle leaving the scene of an armed robbery at a convenience store ten minutes earlier. The
driver, Marvin Walker Jr., shot Agent Hockom in the head and then took off in his pickup.

Other Aurora officers pursued the pickup on I-25 and I-70 to I-270, where it stopped after colliding
with a police car driven by Patrolman Michael Thrapp. Walker was arrested and charged with murder,
as well as for three robberies in the hour prior to the shooting. Agent Hockom died at Denver General
Hospital on September 21st.



Detective Robert W. Wallis
Denver Police Department
On February 9, 1988, Denver Police officers were pursuing a robbery suspect who was fleeing in a
stolen truck. Detective Wallis heard the pursuit coming in his direction, jumped from his unmarked car
and was running across the road when he was run down by the suspect in the 4700 block of
Tennyson Street. Wallis died at the scene about 1:30pm.

The suspect crashed the truck four blocks later, fled on foot for a half-mile, commandeered another
truck and forced the man to drive him to a shopping center parking lot. On the way to the shopping
center, a Channel 4 TV helicopter, which had been taping the pursuit, landed in the truck's path.
Officers surrounded the truck and opened fire while removing the uninjured hostage from the driver's
seat. The suspect was killed at the scene.

Source: The Denver Post.



Sergeant Dale McLaughlin
Adams County
On the night of December 26, 1988, veteran Sergeant McLaughlin and Deputy Duncan MacDonald
were attempting to break up a family disturbance. At first, suspect Clifford Wayne Wiley appeared to
be calm and composed and the situation appeared to be under control. However, when MacDonald
asked Wiley for identification, the 53-year-old man yanked a semi-automatic pistol gun from his
waistband and opened fire on the officers. MacDonald was struck in the side through an opening in
his bulletproof vest and dropped to the floor. McLaughlin was hit twice in the chest, once in the arm
and once in the leg. Despite his injuries, MacDonald was able to shoot Wiley at least once.

McLaughlin was taken to Denver General Hospital where he was pronounced dead less than an hour
later. Wiley died at the scene.

Source: The Denver Post.



Deputy Hugh A. Martin
El Paso County
At about 10:00pm on the night of April 13, 1992, a 12-man SWAT team approached a mobile home
on the east side of Colorado Springs for a no-knock raid. Deputy Martin, who was the first officer
inside the home, was immediately shot in the chest with an assault rifle by Robert Sickich. Two
deputies behind Martin fired six shots at the suspect, who was paralyzed by the bullets that hit him in
the head and chest.

Martin, who had been a member of the department's SWAT team for just over a year, succumbed to
his injuries despite the fact that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Sickich was charged and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Deputy
Martin. Sickich's wife, Wendy Lu Sickich, who returned home just after the shooting incident, was
charged with possession of cocaine and intent to distribute the drug, and was sentenced to 22 years
in the women's prison at Canon City.

Source: The Denver Post.



Officer Beth Haynes
Boulder Police Department
At 12:18am on April 16, 1994, Officer Beth Haynes was dispatched to a Boulder apartment complex
on a report of a suicidal male. The man, Ali Kalamy, was crouched in front of a vehicle in the
apartment parking lot. Haynes ordered him away from the vehicle, but this only made Kalamy hostile.
He charged over the top of the vehicle, firing at Haynes with a 9mm handgun.

Haynes returned fire as she sought cover behind the vehicle. She hit Kalamy three times, but he
continued to advance and shoot at the officer. When he reached the rear of the vehicle, Haynes's
gun had jammed, and before she could slide under the vehicle, Kalami shot her in the head.

Kalamy then fled to a nearby apartment where his ex-girlfriend was hiding, and tried to break in the
door. When he was unable to gain entry, Kalamy shot himself in the head.



Sheriff Roger D. Coursey
Hinsdale County
In the early morning of November 18, 1994, a series of burglaries took place in Creede. At 5:50am,
Sheriff Roger Coursey and Undersheriff Ray Blaum stopped a suspicious pickup truck and contacted
the occupants, Mark Allen Vredenburg and Ruth Slater. As Coursey stood near the driver's door,
Vredenburg shot him in the chest, killing him instantly.

Blaum fired at the pickup as it sped away on Colorado 149. The pickup was found abandoned a short
time later, and a manhunt began for the suspects. Several weeks later, the bodies of Slater and
Vredenburg were found on a hill overlooking Lake City, an apparent murder-suicide.




Officer Shawn Leinen
Denver Police Department
In the early morning hours of February 25, 1995, police were called to the area of the 300 block of
East Cedar Avenue to check out a report of shots fired. Officer Leinen arrived at the scene, and while
questioning the woman who made the report, Leinen spotted a young man leaving a nearby car. The
youth, 16-year-old Raymond Gone, took off running and Leinen chased him between two houses.
Then, Leinen radioed in that he had the suspect in custody and that he needed backup. After a
period of silence, Leinen transmitted a final radio call of shots fired. As he reported that, other officers
who were arriving on the scene heard shots reverberate through the neighborhood.

Officer Leinen was killed by two bullets fired into his head by a .25 automatic Raven. Gone was
apprehended about 13 minutes after the shooting and was later taken into custody. Gone was
convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Officer
Leinen.

Sources: The Denver Post; Rocky Mountain News.



Sergeant Timothy M. Mossbrucker
Jefferson County
On April 28, 1995, Sergeant Mossbrucker responded to the Albertson's supermarket at South Kipling
and West Bowles on a report of a shooting rampage. Albert Petrosky had killed his estranged wife
and a co-worker, and had injured another person who had just dropped Petrosky's wife off at work.
Petrosky was fleeing the store just as Sergeant Mossbrucker arrived in his patrol car. While still sitting
in his patrol car, Mossbrucker was shot and killed by Petrosky. Apparently, Mossbrucker never saw
Petrosky.

Petrosky surrendered to deputies and was charged with second-degree murder for the deaths of his
wife and her co-worker, and first-degree murder for the death of Mossbrucker. Petrosky was later
convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the three shooting deaths. However, he took his own life
before he was ever formally sentenced.

Source: The Denver Post.



Corporal Ronald R. Beatty
Larimer County
In the early morning hours of October 10, 1995, Corporal Beatty answered a disturbance call in
Loveland, where he eventually served a criminal summons to Andrew Geringer. After he served the
summons, an altercation broke out between Beatty and Geringer. Some time prior to or after the
altercation, Beatty initiated an "officer needs assistance" call over his police radio. Loveland Police
Officer Brent Newbanks overheard the call and responded. By the time he contacted Beatty at the
scene, the situation was under control.

As Beatty was escorting Geringer to his police car, the officer suddenly collapsed. Emergency medical
assistance was immediately summoned and Beatty was transported to McKee Medical Center, where
he was later pronounced dead of a heart attack.

Sources: Larimer County Sheriff's Office; Daily Reporter-Herald.



Deputy Brent A. Holloway
Teller County
Deputy Holloway was found shot to death in his patrol car in the early morning hours of October 16,
1995. Holloway had been guarding a house at 416 Cochetopa, west of Divide, until fire investigators
could return to investigate a blaze that had destroyed the luxurious home. While Holloway was sitting
in his patrol car, Adam Whitney Cooper, an ex-convict, snuck up behind him and fired a bullet into the
unsuspecting deputy's head. It was later discovered that Cooper had set the blaze to lure police to the
scene so he could get revenge against the police and the judicial system for his years in prison.
Cooper later killed himself to avoid being captured after authorities had identified him.

Sources: The Denver Post; Rocky Mountain News.



Officer Trevor R. Staszak
Buena Vista Police Department
On the night of October 26, 1996, Officer Staszak responded to a car/deer accident four miles south
of Buena Vista on U.S. 285. As Staszak stepped out of his patrol car, he was struck by a southbound
vehicle driven by Marci D. Musgrove. Staszak was thrown about 50 feet upon impact, and was
pronounced dead at the scene from severe head injuries. In a bizarre twist of fate, Officer Staszak's
wife Kelli was in the passenger seat of Staszak's patrol vehicle as he was struck by Musgrove's
vehicle. At that time, the Buena Vista Police Department allowed officers to occasionally take their
wives on ride-alongs.

Marci Musgrove later pled guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Sources: Mountain Mail; Chaffee County Times; The Denver Post; Colorado Springs Gazette
Telegraph.



Officer Ronald L. DeHerrera
Denver Police Department
On March 26, 1997, Training Officer Victor Baca and Officer DeHerrera were responding in their
patrol vehicle to a call of suspicious activity in a parking lot. DeHerrera had just graduated from the
Denver Police Academy and was on his second day of patrol. They were on Federal Boulevard at
19th Avenue when a car ran a stop sign and struck the passenger side of the patrol vehicle. The car
had been stolen and was driven by 17 year old Gil Webb, who was traveling between 65 and 80 miles
per hour when he struck the police car. The patrol car hit the curb and then struck a tree. Baca
received minor injuries and was released from the hospital later that day. Webb was hospitalized with
a broken neck. DeHerrera was rushed to the hospital, and after a six-day battle, succumbed to his
injuries on April 1, 1997.

Webb was charged and found guilty of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault and auto theft.

Sources: The Denver Post; Rocky Mountain News.



Officer Bruce L. VanderJagt
Denver Police Department
On November 12, 1997, police responded to a burglary at Buffalo Creek, in the foothills southwest of
Denver. This led to a pursuit by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department that ended at a
condominium complex on Monaco Street in south Denver. By this time, Denver Police officers had
become involved. Suspect Matthaeus Jaehnig ran into an apartment yard, and from that position, he
began shooting at officers with a fully automatic weapon. When Officer VanderJagt approached the
yard, he was gunned down in a hail of bullets by Jaehnig.

Three hours later, Jaehnig was found dead in the yard. He had committed suicide with VanderJagt's
service revolver.

Sources: The Denver Post; Rocky Mountain News.



Officer Dale Claxton
Cortez Police Department
Shortly after 9:00am on May 29, 1998, Officer Claxton spotted a water truck that had been stolen the
previous day in Ignacio. The truck voluntarily pulled over near the south edge of Cortez and Claxton
pulled in behind the truck. Witnesses stated that "men in camouflage" jumped from the truck and fired
numerous rounds from automatic weapons into the patrol car, killing Claxton.

The three suspects fled from the scene, stealing another truck and subsequently shooting and
seriously injuring Deputy Jason Bishop and Sergeant Todd Martin of the Montezuma County Sheriff's
Office in separate incidents. A massive manhunt began in the Four Corners region and lasted for
several weeks. During that time, one suspect was found dead, having apparently commited suicide to
avoid capture after wounding Deputy Kelly Bradford of San Juan County, Utah, on June 4. The other
suspects remain at large.



Deputy Ronald M. King
Douglas County
On May 21, 1999, Deputy Ron King and his partner Deputy Chris Washburn were driving their
motorcycles southbound on U. S. 85, south of Titan Road. A northbound van made a left turn in front
of the deputies, colliding with both motorcycles. Deputy King died enroute to the hospital. Deputy
Washburn sustained injuries but survived.

Anthony Ray Sanchez, the driver of the van, was arrested for drunk driving and driving with a revoked
license. On March 7, 2000, Sanchez was convicted of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless
driving and drunk driving.

Source: The Denver Post.



Officer Dennis M. Licata
Denver Police Department
Motorcycle Officer Licata died as a result of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car at
about 2:15pm on September 6, 2000. Officer Licata and his partner, Officer Roberson, were
responding to a construction accident at 18th Avenue and Washington Street. Just west of Shoshone
on 13th Avenue, the railroad crossing signals were flashing as the officers approached. Officer Licata
accelerated through the crossing and collided with the passenger side of a Honda that was making a
left turn from westbound 13th onto southbound Shoshone.



Officer Ryan Cunningham
Vail Police Department
At about 5:00am on May 6, 2001, Officer Cunningham was on eastbound Interstate 70, at the east
end of the bridge over Gore Creek. He was preparing to place flares around the scene of a multi-car
crash, when an approaching truck tractor/semi-trailer started to slide on the icy surface while
attempting to stop. Officer Cunningham warned others about the oncoming truck, and then jumped
over the median barrier to get out of the way. He didn't realize that he was 55 feet above the ground
and fell to his death below. Ironically, the truck stopped 100 feet short of Cunningham's position.



Sergeant (Interim Chief) Daniel C. Dalley
Fruita Police Department
Chief Dalley was at work on June 1, 2001, when he was advised that one of his children was ill and
was being transported to the hospital. He left work on his personal motorcycle (his assigned patrol car
had been loaned to another officer) to check on his other children and then return to work.

At 11:15am, Chief Dalley was in full uniform, traveling westbound on Highway 6, when he collided with
an eastbound vehicle that turned left in front of him at M Road. Dalley died on June 3 from the injuries
he received in the crash. The other driver was cited for causing the crash.



District Wildlife Manager Philip Keith Mason
Colorado Division of Wildlife
On September 3, 2001, District Wildlife Manager Mason was loading bales of hay on a truck at the
Harris Beaver Creek Ranch (a State Wildlife Area). Mason died when a large bale of hay rolled over
the top of the tractor he was operating and landed on him, causing massive head injuries.



Deputy Jason Scott Schwartz
Fremont County
Deputy Schwartz was shot and killed by one of two prisoners he was transporting to the Sheriff's office
on the evening of September 28, 2001. Schwartz had responded to an incident in Penrose involving
the killing of a dog. Joel Stovall and his brother Michael had been arrested in the incident and placed
in Schwartz's patrol car for transport. Apparently, Michael Stovall was carrying two handguns in the
waistband of his pants, and at about 8:45pm, he shot Deputy Schwartz in the head near the
intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Highway 115.

The brothers escaped, gathered some weapons in Florence, then shot and seriously injured Corporal
Toby Bethel of the Florence Police Department. They led officers on a chase to the west, shooting at
numerous officers and wounding Deputy Wes Orosco, before abandoning their pickup near Swissvale
early in the morning of September 29.

At about 10:00 that evening, the brothers were discovered hiding in a creek bed near Highway 50 and
Chaffee County Road 101. Colorado Parks Rangers Casey Swanson and J. W. Wilder and Division of
Wildlife Officer Chris Parmeter arrested the brothers without incident. Their weapons included an AK-
47 assault rifle with a 30-round magazine and scope.

Both brothers pled guilty to first degree murder, 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of
aggravated robbery. In November 2001, they were sentenced to life in prison plus 896 years.



Deputy Travis W. Sass
Larimer County
At 12:45pm on June 29, 2004, Deputy Sass and Deputy Ian Stewart were enroute to the firearms
range for weapon qualifications. Deputy Stewart was driving the patrol car, and they were northbound
on Highway 287, about five miles north of Ted's Place (north of Ft. Collins). Stewart was making a left
turn into a private drive when the patrol car was struck broadside by a southbound vehicle. Stewart's
view of the southbound lane may have been obscured by a large truck directly in front of the patrol
car.

Deputy Stewart was injured, as were the occupants of the other vehicle. Deputy Sass was
pronounced dead at the Poudre Valley Hospital less than an hour after the crash.



Detective Donald Young II
Denver Police Department
On the evening of Sunday, May 8, 2005, Detective Young and his partner, Detective John Bishop,
were working security for a private party at the Salon Ocampo banquet hall in Denver. Early in the
evening, the officers had turned away four young men who had attempted to enter the invitation-only
party. One of the men, Raul Gomez-Garcia, was heard to threaten the officers. According to
witnesses, Gomez-Garcia later returned to the banquet hall and shot both officers from behind.
Detective Young died from his wounds; Detective Bishop recovered and later returned to his duties.

Gomez-Garcia fled to Los Angeles and then to Mexico. After a month-long manhunt, he was captured
on June 4 in Culiacan, Mexico. Mexico later agreed to extradite Gomez-Garcia, and he was
transported back to Denver on December 22, 2005. He has been charged with second degree
murder and attempted first degree murder. His trial has been set for September 2006. This narrative
will be updated as events unfold.



Ranger Jeffrey A. Christensen
National Park Service
On July 29, 2005, Ranger Christensen began a backcountry patrol in Rocky Mountain National Park.
He left the Chapin Pass trailhead at about 11:00am, but failed to arrive at the Lawn Lake trailhead
later that evening. After an extensive search, Christensen's body was discovered on August 6, below
the eastern summit of Mount Chiquita in the Mummy Range. The coroner's report indicated that the
time of death was probably between 6:00pm and midnight on July 29. Christensen apparently fell and
suffered several injuries, including a fatal skull fracture.

After this incident, the National Park Service implemented several changes regarding backcountry
patrols.



Detective Jared Scott Jensen
Colorado Springs Police Department (2006)
Detective Jared Jensen was shot and killed while attempting arrest a parolee who was wanted for
attempted murder.

Detective Jensen radioed dispatch that he had spotted the suspect near the intersection of Costilla
Street and Hancock Avenue and that he was going to make contact with the suspect. After
approaching the suspect, Detective Jensen was shot once in the face. Detective Jensen fell to the
ground, and the suspect stood over him and shot him again in the face.

Four minutes later citizens called to report a shooting. Responding officers located Detective Jensen
on the sidewalk suffering from two gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where
he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended by FBI and ATF agents following a massive manhunt and was
subsequently convicted of second degree murder.

Detective Jensen had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 3.5 years. He is
survived by his wife, parents, brother, sister, two step-brothers, and two step-sisters. One of his
brothers also serves with the Colorado Springs Police Department.



Agent Michael Del Thomas
Aurora Police Department (2006)
Agent Michael Thomas was shot and killed by a suspect who opened fire on him while he sat a traffic
light at the intersection of Peoria Street and Montview Boulevard.

Agent Thomas had just left a training session and was heading to another session when the incident
occurred.

The shooter was subdued by several passers-by and then taken into custody by an Aurora police
officer, and two Federal Bureau of Prisons corrections officers who happened to be in the area. The
shooter was wanted in Denver for an unprovoked shooting that had occurred the previous week.

Agent Thomas had served with the Aurora Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his
daughter, mother, and brother.



Officer Kenneth C. Jordan
Colorado Springs Police Department (2006)
Officer Ken Jordan was shot and killed while backing up an officer during a traffic stop of a suspected
drunk driver on Fountain Boulevard at 11:15 pm.

When Officer Jordan and the second backup officer approached the vehicle, the assailant opened
fire, fatally wounding Officer Jordan. The other officer returned fire, seriously wounding the suspect.

Officer Jordan was transported to Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds
approximately one hour later.

Officer Jordan had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 6 years. He is survived by
his parents and sister.



Officer Douglas Byrne
Aurora Police Department (2007)
Officer Doug Byrne was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a medical emergency call
at approximately 8:00 pm.

A vehicle stopped directly in front of his patrol car at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Norfolk
Street, causing him to take evasive action. Officer Byrne suffered massive injuries when he was
ejected from the patrol car as it rolled over.

He was transported to Swedish Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries early the following
morning.

Officer Byrne was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War. He had served with the Aurora Police
Department for 3 years and had previously served with the Glendale Police Department for 6 years.



Trooper Zachariah Templeton
Colorado State Patrol (2007)
Trooper Zachariah Templeton succumbed to injures sustained the previous day when he was struck
by a vehicle.

Trooper Templeton and another trooper had stopped on the side of I-76 to help a man load two
plastic farm chemical tanks back onto a trailer that they had fallen off of. As they were loading the
containers, a vehicle heading east left the roadway and struck both troopers.

They were both taken to Denver Health Medical Center where Trooper Templeton succumbed to his
injuries the following day. The other trooper remained in serious condition.

Trooper Templeton had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 4 years, and was assigned to the
1D Troop in Adams County. He is survived by his 3-year-old daughter.



Officer Nicholas K. Heine
Pueblo Police Department (June 21, 2008)
Pueblo Police Officer Nicholas K. Heine died in the line of duty on Saturday morning, June 20th. The
decorated officer suffered a fatal heart attack--the victim of a congenital heart defect that no one
knew he had, as he and other officers were attempting to break up several bar fights in the Historic
Union Avenue District.

Off duty, Heine could be found instructing rookies in defense tactics or spending time with family, he
also coached a youth team with the Runyon Football League. “At 30-years-old, he was a healthy guy,
a real go-getter, and a skilled cop who was great at catching crooks,” said Patricia Heine. “He was a
great husband and father.



Sergeant David J. Kinterknecht
Montrose Police Department (July 25, 2009)
On On Saturday, July 25, 2009 at about 8:40p.m., Montrose Officers Larry Witte and Rob Satterly
arrived at a reported domestic disturbance in the 16900 block of 64.50 road.  Montrose County
deputies had arrived about 10 minutes earlier and determined the address was in the city.  Officer
Witte reported a barricaded subject in his detached garage who would not come out as requested.  
Officer Witte relayed this information to Sgt. Kinterknecht who was enroute to the call.  Sergeant
David Kinterknecht, Sgt. Bernie Chism  and Officer Rodney Ragsdale arrived at the house shortly
after 9p.m.

The house belonged to Dennis and Pamela Gurney.  Pamela, 50,  had called 911 as she escaped
from the house with an injury to her arm from the dispute with her husband.  Dennis, 52,  had
retreated to his garage and was reported to be intoxicated and despondent.  The officers negotiated
with Dennis for about 45 minutes.  Officers knew there was a gun safe in the garage and also verified
that Dennis did not have the keys to the gun safe as they were in the possession of other family
members.  A decision was made to enter the garage and Officer Satterly kicked the door open while
Officer Witte entered the garage with Officer Ragsdale and Sgt. Kinterknecht just behind him.  Gurney
opened fire with a semi-automatic shotgun striking Officers Witte, Ragsdale and mortally wounding
Sgt. Kinterknecht.  Dennis Gurney then retreated to another portion of the garage and took his own
life with a handgun.  Sgt. Kinterknecht was struck in the chest in an area not protected by his vest.  
Officers Witte and Ragsdale received serious wounds to their legs from the shooting but were able to
return fire at the suspect Gurney without hitting him.  All three officers were rushed to Montrose
Memorial Hospital where Sgt. David Kinterknecht succumbed to his wounds.

Montrose Police Department had numerous contacts with Dennis Gurney relating to domestic
violence, restraining order violations and incidents relating to alcohol.  The initial investigation
revealed that the “Gun Safe” was actually a sheet metal gun locker that Gurney had peeled open,
using hand tools, to access the weapons.

Sergeant David Kinterknecht, 41,  was a 10 year veteran of the Montrose Police Department.  He had
previously served with the Telluride Marshal's Office, San Miguel County Sheriff's Office and Montrose
County Sheriff's Office.  Sergeant Kinterknecht was survived by his wife Kathy, two daughters, Andrea
and Amanda, his mother Joann Topliss and stepfather Don, sister Denise and three stepsons.  
Officers Witte, 24, and Ragsdale, 53, although seriously wounded, are recovering from their injuries.
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SOURCE: COLORADO STATE PATROL





                                                                                  




                                                                  
                                                                           


                                                                            
SHERIFF MERLIN HAYES KOERNER

                                                                                                               Sworn into Office: Aug 5,1935
                                                                                                                 End of Watch: June 19,1961




  Sheriff Merlin Hayes Koerner was selected by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to complete the unexpired term of his father, Sheriff
Phillip Charles Koerner, who had died unexpectedly from a long term illness. Sheriff Koerner took office on Monday, August 5, 1935 and quickly
made his mark on the Lincoln County Community, carrying on the family tradition. His commitment to duty and his “efficient law enforcement”
approach brought him state-wide notoriety in Law Enforcement circles.

Sheriff Koerner was a member of the National Sheriffs' Association and the Colorado Sheriff and Peace Officers' Association, having served as
president of this group in 1958 and '59. He served as the Sheriff of Lincoln County for nearly 26 years, running unopposed each election since
1942, a testament to the high regard in which he was held by the community he served.

Sheriff Koerner was on duty and en route to serve a Search Warrant on Monday, June 19, 1961. At approximately 4:30 pm, Sheriff Koerner was
northbound on Lake Street (now 4th Avenue) in the town of Hugo, in central Lincoln County. His 1959 Ford patrol car was struck broadside by a
cattle truck traveling west as he crossed US Highway 40/287. Sheriff Koerner sustained severe injuries and he passed away at approximately 8:
45 pm that evening in a Denver area emergency room.

In 2007, Sheriff Tom Nestor instituted an annual Memorial Day Service, conducted by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and
community volunteers, with an Honor Guard consisting of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and several members of the Detention Staff
performing a 21-gun salute. Sheriff Nestor’s vision of this Service was “…to finally honor the dedication and ultimate sacrifice of this public
servant.” To date, Sheriff Koerner is the only Lincoln County Sheriff Officer to have lost his life in the line of duty.

LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL PAGE
In The Line Of Duty
Police Officer Jay Sheridan
Limon Police Department
Colorado
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 004

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Committed suicide

Officer Jay Sheridan was shot and killed as he and other officers
served a fugitive arrest warrant at approximately 6:10 pm.

As the officers entered the mobile home where the subject lived
the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Sheridan.
Two other officers on the scene remained in another room in the
home and called for assistance.

The subject was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
later in the evening after a SWAT team made entry into the
home.

Officer Sheridan had served with the Limon Police Department
for
six years. He is survived by his wife and child.
103 3rd Avenue
P.O. Box 10
Hugo, CO. 80821