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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Dow Blackwell | Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

Samuel Dow Blackwell

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, June 6, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 6/3/1943

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Blackwell succumbed to stab wounds received three days earlier while attempting to arrest a man who had assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife.

When Deputy Blackwell approached the man he was attacked and stabbed in the neck, chest, and abdomen. Although wounded, he was able to draw his weapon and fatally shoot the man. Deputy Blackwell was taken to Coolidge Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds three days later.

Deputy Blackwell worked for the Pinal County Sheriff's Department and served as the resident deputy for the town of Coolidge. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.

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We are looking for all family survivors from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office holds an annual memorial service the first Thursday in May, and we would like to mail surviving family invitations to be able to view the service via live scan or in person. Please contact me at Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Admin. Assistant Deborah Lopez
September 2, 2016


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