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Sheriff Frank B. Roach | Laramie County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Laramie County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

Sheriff

Frank B. Roach

Laramie County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Monday, May 1, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Frank Roach was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to arrest horse thieves near Granite Canyon, Wyoming.

Sheriff Roach formed a posse, which included a local rancher, and followed the trail of two men who had just stolen three horses from the rancher. A gunfight resulted when they caught up with the suspects. The Sheriff and the rancher were shot and killed.

The suspects were arrested ten miles from the scene of the tragedy with Sheriff Roach's rifle and the rancher's revolver in their possession.

The suspects confessed to shooting both men. One was sentenced to hang for killing Sheriff Roach; the death sentence was later commuted to life in prison. The other suspect was sentenced to life in prison for killing the rancher.

Sheriff Roach had served with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife and child.

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Sheriff Frank B Roach was the father of my late mother's first husband.
It is with great humility that I read of his death as he strove to keep law and order in Wyoming.
His son was in the RAF in WW2, and was killed only 3 months after he and my mother were married.

Vanessa Ascough
daughter of Sheriffs son's wife
April 22, 2016

 

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