Police Officer Nicholas Heine suffered a fatal heart attack as he and several other officers were attempting to break up several bar fights in the area of Victoria Avenue and C Street. He was running down the street when he suddenly collapsed. Other officers rendered medical aid and he was transported to Parkview Medical Center, where he died a short time later. Officer Heine had served with the Pueblo Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and his mother, who also serves with the Pueblo Police Department.
Corporal Hanson was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a local convenience store. As he entered the store a masked gunman jumped up from behind a counter and opened fire, striking Corporal Hanson. Corporal Hanson’s partner, who was outside the store, returned fire through the front window and killed the suspect.
Police Officer Elmer Trout succumbed to injuries sustained on February 22nd, 1930, when he attempted to disperse a large group of youths who were acting disorderly in front of a pool hall at 320 North Union Avenue. A group of approximately 16 people cut him on the head and face with a knife before knocking him down and continuing to kick him. Sixteen people were arrested, but 12 were released due to uncooperative witnesses. Officer Trout developed seizures and other complications as the result of the attack and was forced to medically retire on July 16th, 1934. He passed away as a result of the injuries on September 23rd, 1935. Officer Trout had served with the Pueblo Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four children.
Patrolman Hinsdale was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer who was firing at a hit-and-run driver. The driver of the vehicle was later arrested.
Patrolman Evans was shot and killed when he was ambushed while on duty. As he walked down a dark street a man stepped out of the shadows and shot him in the head and shoulder, killing him instantly. Two suspects were apprehended but before they were tried they were lynched by a mob of townspeople in retaliation for Patrolman Evans’ murder.
Detective Sergeant John Dunleavy was shot and killed by two men who had planned his murder because of his police work. He was walking his daughter home near the end of his shift when the two men approached them and started insulting his daughter. When he moved his daughter behind him to protect her the two men pulled out pistols and shot him three times. Sergeant Dunleavy was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later. Both suspects were apprehended.
Officer Barner was shot by a suspect as he used a police call box to summon a patrol wagon. He had just arrested two suspects for the burglary of several businesses. When he informed the men he was going to arrest them one of them stepped back, drew a handgun, and shot him. The two suspects were able to elude capture.
Officer William Shellman died one week after being struck by lightning. He was on horseback patrol during a severe electrical storm when the incident occurred. Officer Shellman was survived by his wife.
Police Officer Elwin Slater accidentally shot and killed himself while attempting to assist Police Officer Silas Marts, who had just been shot by a suspect. The two officers had responded to a disturbance involving a drunk man at a local store. As Officer Marts entered the store he was shot in the neck by the suspect with a .45 caliber pistol and killed instantly. As Officer Slater entered the store to help Officer Marts he began to draw his weapon which discharged and struck him in the leg. Officer Slater succumbed to his wound the next day.
Police Officer Silas Marts was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance and Police Officer Elwin Slater accidentally shot and killed himself while attempting to assist Officer Marts. The two officers had responded to a disturbance involving a drunk man at a local store. As Officer Marts entered the store he was shot in the neck by the suspect with a .45 caliber pistol and killed instantly. As Officer Slater entered the store to help Officer Marts he began to draw his weapon which discharged and struck him in the leg. Officer Slater succumbed to his wound the next day. The 59-year-old suspect, who was a prominent doctor, was committed to an insane asylum. After a few weeks, he was released and resumed his practice in Denver.
Police Officer Moses Lovern succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained as the result of an accidental discharge of his service revolver. He was walking his beat on Union Avenue at approximately 3:00 pm when he entered a saloon to adjust his duty belt. He removed his revolver from its holster and placed it on a slanted display case. As he began to adjust his belt and uniform the pistol began to slide from the display case and the hammer struck the corner, causing it to discharge. The round struck Officer Lovern in the head, causing a fatal wound. Officer Lovern died shortly after midnight from his wound He had served with the Pueblo Police Department for only five months and had previously served with the South Pueblo Police Department.
Patrolman Alvin Phippenney was shot and killed while struggling with an intoxicated man at a local saloon. The man had been causing a disturbance in the saloon and Patrolman Phippenney was called to break it up. As he tried to arrest the man they began to struggle and fell into the street. The subject shot Patrolman Phippenney in the back, causing a fatal wound. The subject was also shot and wounded before being taken into custody. A friend of the subject helped him escape from jail one week later and neither man was ever captured. Patrolman Phippenney was a widower and was survived by several children. He was scheduled to be remarried later in the day.