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Deputy Sheriff Louis J. Bancroft | Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Deputy Sheriff

Louis J. Bancroft

Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

End of Watch: Monday, January 2, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Bancroft, Special Deputy Leonard Cummings, and Special Deputy Billy Withington were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man. The suspect was given permission to retrieve money from his bedroom but returned with a .30-.30 rifle and opened fire, killing all three deputies. The man fled but was arrested the following day. The suspect died 2 days later of wounds he received during his arrest.

Deputy Bancroft had deputized Special Deputy Cummings and Special Deputy Withington on his way to make the arrest. Deputy Bancroft had been with the agency for 28 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Special Deputy Sheriff Leonard Roth Cummings, Jr.
Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho
End of Watch: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

Special Deputy Sheriff Billy Withington, Jr.
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End of Watch: Monday, January 2, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Bancroft. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 7, 2012

 

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