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Sheriff Gene W. Cox | Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, California Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, California


Gene W. Cox

Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, November 29, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 29 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Cox was shot and killed while assisting the manager of a trailer park during a dispute with a resident. The unarmed Sheriff Cox parked in front of the suspect's trailer and began to approached the trailer. The suspect shot Sheriff Cox five times with a .30-.30 rifle at a range of approximately 15-feet.

The suspect then went to the management office and shot the manager, who was Sheriff Cox's father-in-law, and a bystander who went to his aid. The suspect was then shot and killed by Eureka police officers who were responding to the call.

Sheriff Cox had been in law enforcement for 29 years and was survived by his wife and son.

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I never got to meet you I wasnt born until after the tragic happenstance that took you away from your beloved family. I remember growing up Grandma Shirley would talk about you and how you were such a loving and caring person. She told me that she wished I was able to meet you we would get along great and how much you would have loved me. I have only heard great things about you. One retired deputy told me you were the best sheriff humboldt county has and will ever have. I will never forget you or grandma Shirley.

William George Murphy
March 1, 2015


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