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Killed in the line of duty January 3, 2015, in west Jefferson County, Colorado
Sergeant Sean Renfro was killed on U.S. Highway 285 east of Conifer after he stopped to help a brother and sister with a baby who had been involved in a crash on the snowy highway. Sergeant Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was aiding Colorado State Patrol by directing traffic when the driver of an SUV lost control, crossed over the center line, and struck him, a bystander, and one of the vehicles involved in the original crash.
Killed in the line of duty January 26, 2014, in north Jefferson County, Colorado.
Sergeant David Baldwin was struck on his motorcycle by a wrong-way driver on Highway 93. Baldwin, a 27-year veteran was conducting traffic patrol at the time. The driver was traveling southbound on the wrong side of the road to pass another vehicle when the collision occurred. He later plead guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to six years in community corrections.
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Killed in the line of duty April 28, 1995, in southeast Jefferson County, Colorado Sgt. Mossbrucker was the first officer on scene of a shooting inside a food store where two citizens were murdered. The gunman fled to the parking lot, obtained a large caliber rifle from his van and waited for the first police officer to arrive. The suspect, Albert Petrosky, opened fire on Sgt. Mossbrucker from across the parking lot as the sergeant approached the store. The fatal bullets impacted Sgt. Mossbrucker through the windshield of his patrol car. Petrosky was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was awaiting transfer to prison when he committed suicide in the Denver County Jail.
Killed in the line of duty June 17, 1987, from an accident the previous day on Scar Top Mountain in Coal Creek Canyon, Jefferson County, Colorado
Deputy Sheriff Miller was the observer in the Sheriff's Department helicopter when a call came in about a young man contemplating suicide on top of Scar Top Mountain in the rugged mountains of northwest Jefferson County. The helicopter was piloted over the rough terrain, searching for the young man when a probable down draft caused the helicopter to crash into the trees. Deputy Miller died as a result of the crash; the pilot survived.
Killed in the line of duty June 18, 1986, in Lakewood, Colorado
Deputy Truesdale was shot and killed by two masked gunmen who were attempting to rob a bank in Lakewood, Colorado. When the men entered the bank with guns drawn, Truesdale confronted them. The men shot Truesdale and the deputy died immediately from his wounds. The suspects fled and were later captured. Both gunmen were sentenced to life in prison.
Killed in the line of duty October 12, 1940, in Arvada, Colorado
Undersheriff Fugate went to Lee's Tavern in Arvada with intentions of arresting Jack Carleton, the bartender, who earlier in the evening shot a man in the bar for flirting with his wife. Fugate was accompanied by two deputy sheriffs, who stood by the doorway while the undersheriff entered the empty tavern and confronted Carleton. During a brief interview relating to the location of Carleton's gun, the suspect told Fugate that his gun was in the kitchen. Fugate searched the kitchen briefly, found no gun, and returned to the bar where Carleton was waiting. Without warning, Carleton opened fire on Fugate, killing the undersheriff. The two deputy sheriffs returned fire on Carleton, wounding him five times before taking him into custody. Carleton recovered from his wounds and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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