Deputy Sheriff John Robert Saxerud

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Saxerud

Island County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, November 14, 1987

John Robert Saxerud

Deputy Saxerud and Deputy William Heffernan were shot and killed by a man they had arrested for drunk driving. As they took the man into the processing area of the jail the man pulled out a concealed handgun and shot them both, killing them almost instantly.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of aggravated first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms.

Deputy Saxerud was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I am again reminded of the day I received the call from dispatch that you and Bill Heffernan had been killed in the BA room. Today I was advised that your widow, Regie Saxerud has passed as a result of cervical cancer. While I am not a devote person, I hope that you and Regie will meet again in a better world.

Chief Deputy (Retired)
Island County Sheriff's Office, WA

September 29, 2016

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