Fallen Officers

Sheriff Goven C. Mills
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1927
Sheriff Mills was shot and killed when he noticed a suspicious car parked on the side of a road as he and his wife drove by. He had another deputy back him up and they confronted two men inside of the car. One of the men produced a gun and held the two officers at gunpoint. When one of the men went to disable Sheriff Mills' car the sheriff attempted to disarm the other suspect. The suspect opened fire, mortally wounding Sheriff Mills and wounding the other deputy.

Undersheriff E. R. "Ray" Kumph
End of Watch: Monday, July 3, 1939
Undersheriff Kumpf was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspects who had just robbed a store in Holly, Colorado. Authorities in Holly had called the Undersheriff and told him the men may show up at the railroad depot. Undersheriff Kumpf located the men there and questioned them. He ordered the men to walk in front of him to the County Jail and as they did so one of the men pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Undersheriff in the chest and head. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life.
Undersheriff Kumpf had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his two children.


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