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Deputy Sheriff Edward Phillips | Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

Deputy Sheriff

Edward Phillips

Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Friday, March 4, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Edward Phillips was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect in the Green River rail yards.

Deputy Phillips was the second victim of the suspect, who early Friday had shot and killed an auto dealer and wounded a Frontier town marshal. As Deputy Phillips and nine other law officers were searching the Green River railroad yards he spotted a man on the railroad platform and instructed him to halt. Instead the man ran behind a railroad car as Deputy Phillips and another Deputy, Deputy Babel, ran after him.

The suspect then fired on the two Deputies. Deputy Phillips was struck under the arm by a bullet, which lodged near the spine. He was taken to Sweetwater County Memorial hospital in Rock Springs and underwent two operations. Deputy Phillips died early Saturday morning.

The suspect, who ran from the railroad yards into the south Green River residential district, was killed by a Union Pacific Railroad special agent in a home where he had taken refuge. It was later learned that the shooter was an ex-convict who had been hiding at a ranch under an alias for a year.

Deputy Phillips had previously served with the United States Navy. He was survived by his wife and three children, the youngest born after he was killed.

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Many thanks for your service in our military and police force. My prayers be with you and your family. RIP Hero

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March 23, 2016


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