Sheriff Gene W. Cox

Sheriff Gene W. Cox

Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, November 29, 1982

Gene W. Cox

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.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Not available

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Although i met you when i was very young, i do remember that you were a kind & gentle man..& that you were in law enforcement, just like my grandpa jack, and my uncle, i have respect for the badge not only because of people like you, but because of what you made it stand for in my a world where there is such anger & hate, you proved that there are people willing to sacrifice their all for our safety, and protection.. May you, my grandfather, & the other gentleman that tried to help that day..all rest in peace, and your souls be in a special place in heaven..

Lisa Jansen
LM Jansen...grandaughter of Willis 'Jack' Alton

February 21, 2018

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