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Chief of Police Cecil F. Gurr | Roosevelt Police Department, Utah Roosevelt Police Department, Utah

Chief of Police

Cecil F. Gurr

Roosevelt Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Cecil Gurr was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

A convenience store clerk called police after witnessing a male subject forcing a woman into his car. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, who was armed with a rifle, held them at bay as he held his ex-girlfriend hostage. As Chief Gurr exited his patrol car the suspect opened fire on him, killing him instantly. The other officers returned fire, but because of the hostage, were limited in their ability to obtain a target and missed. The suspect forced the woman into the truck and fled the scene. They were stopped several blocks away and the suspect was taken into custody.

On September 20, 2002, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chief Gurr was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Roosevelt Police Department for 27 years, being chief for over 20 of those years. He is survived by his wife and three grown children.

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Its been almost 15 years since I last looked into your eyes. It seems like a whole life ago but at the same time It was just yesterday. I miss you so!
The UPOA honored you this past weekend in Moab Utah. The fallen Hero ATV Trail hosts an event each year honoring 14 of Utah’s Hero’s. You were one of the chosen this year. The ATV ride was so much fun. Thanks to your father, all 17 members of the family were able to attend. I’m so thankful you are not forgotten in the Law enforcement community. Our Children have done well and I know you are as proud of them as I am. We had a great weekend with the grandkids. You are alive in them. We are proud of the heritage you have given us. We love and miss you more than words can say.
As always

Wife
April 16, 2016

 

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