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Deputy Ronald Mark King | Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado


Ronald Mark King

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, May 21, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 36 years

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Deputy King was killed when a drunk driver turned in front of him while he was driving on his police motorcycle on US 85. Deputy King and his partner were returning from a seat belt enforcement assignment when the van turned in front of both motorcycles, causing them both to strike it.

Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where Deputy King succumbed to his injuries. His partner was admitted in serious condition. The driver of the van was driving on a revoked license as an habitual offender. After the accident he fled to a nearby bar but was arrested by an off duty officer who had stopped to help at the scene.

The suspect was charged with several counts, including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and two drunk driving charges. He was convicted of of the charges and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Deputy King had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He is survived by two daughters.

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Missing you every day, praying for strength every day. In June, I stood with the Lancaster County Deputies and Officers while Independence, KS, Police Officer Tom Wagstaff, who was shot in the head while on the job in March, was being moved from a rehabilitation facility to a different care center. He made so much progress while at Madonna he was able to be moved. It was an honor to see him go by with a full escort, not in an ambulance but in a SUV. How I wished you had such an opportunity! Love, Sunshine

Michael Strudl
July 9, 2017


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