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Deputy Sheriff Jason Schwartz | Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff

Jason Schwartz

Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, September 28, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 305

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Jason Schwartz was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners to jail.

The two prisoners, who were twin brothers, had just been arrested during a call of a dog being shot. Deputy Schwartz placed one of the suspects into his patrol after searching him. Another deputy placed the second suspect in the patrol car, but failed to search him. One of the two possessed two handguns and a handcuff key and was able to free himself. Without warning, the suspects shot Deputy Schwartz in the back of the head four times through a gap in the patrol car's cage.

The suspects then pulled Deputy Schwartz's body from the vehicle and shot him eight more times before fleeing. During the next day, the killers shot at 17 different officers, wounding three of them, in different incidents while they were on the run. They were finally apprehended the following day. Both killers were sentenced to life after making a plea bargain.

Deputy Schwartz had been a member of the Fremont County Sheriff's Department for one year, and had been in law enforcement for four years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, and his mother.

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I remember that night. I wanted to find those two scumbag's that killed you and terrorized Fremont County that night. Luckily someone else caught your killers. They had also tried to and came close to killing a Florence police officer and engaged police in a rolling firefight across the county that left destroyed police cars across the county and officers with emotional scars that won't heal. And the murderers are still alive. Justice wasn't served. You weren't served by the system you served, from the failure of the officers you served with to properly search the two scumbag's they placed in your car, the DA 's refusal to seek the death penalty and your departments refusal to punish those officers who failed to follow procedures that resulted in your death. The department learned from your death and changed for the better. So Jason, you didn't die in vain.

Retired Correctional Officer Ted Carr
TDC, TDCJID, CDOC
April 8, 2017

 

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