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Night Marshal Jacob A. Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado

Night Marshal

Jacob A. "Jake" Kipper

Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 18, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/4/1911

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Night Marshal Jake Kipper and Marshal Jesse Craig were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at the scene of a family disturbance. As they attempted to arrest the man his family started fighting with the officers. The subject was able to gain control of Marshal Craig's pistol and fatally shot both officers.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested two days later by the mayor and acting city marshal. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life.

Night Marshal Kipper had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Valley View Cemetery, Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado.

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City Marshal Jesse B. Craig, Sr.
Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 4, 1911
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in peace Marshal Kipper and Olav Hashalom.Your bravery will never be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
July 3, 2012


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