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Officer Robert Paul Bolton | Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin


Robert Paul Bolton

Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 6, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 138

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Robert Bolton was shot and killed while attempting to question a man during a domestic disturbance.

He had been called to a women's shelter where a married man was attempting to see his girlfriend. As Officer Bolton arrived the man was attempting to enter his vehicle. Officer Bolton unsuccessfully attempted to stop him. The suspect was able to grab a .357 revolver from the vehicle and shoot him. Officer Bolton returned fire as the suspect fled. Office Bolton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. After a short pursuit the suspect was captured and convicted. He later died in prison.

Officer Bolton had served with the Eau Claire Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Hey Bob, it's been a long ride. I still remember talking with you all the time in high school gym and when you asked about my job with the S.O. and finally at accident school. I haven't forgotten dude. I have to say, it was a struggle for me after it happened but I chose to remember the good times over the bad one. My ride is over now and I have put down the badge, but I will always remember the great guys that I knew and worked with and you were one of the best. There's not much more I can say, but who knows, maybe later there will be a time we can meet again and have a few laughs over life.

J. R. Rizzo ECSO (Retired)
April 23, 2015


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