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Deputy Sheriff John Robert Saxerud | Island County Sheriff's Department, Washington Island County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

John Robert Saxerud

Island County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, November 14, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Deputy Sheriff William Joseph Heffernan
Island County Sheriff's Department, Washington
End of Watch: Saturday, November 14, 1987
Cause: Gunfire

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Twenty seven years ago November 14, I received the worst call of my life from your Step dad Ron telling me you had been killed. We had a short time together, but it was some of the best times. I still remember you often. You will always have a place in my heart.

Annetta Saxerud
1st wife
May 25, 2015

 

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