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Deputy Sheriff Roy Hugo Dirks | Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Roy Hugo Dirks

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, April 11, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # 40

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released from prison

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Deputy Sheriff Roy Dirks was shot and killed by a copy-cat killer mimicking the famous serial killer Charles Manson. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The leader of the copy-cat cult was charged with murder in this case, but was aquitted.

Deputy Dirks was survived by his four children, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews.

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Dad, I will never forget the hope you gave me, I will never forget you providing the radio entertainment in the car when you picked me and Debi up for our weekends together. You were the most loving and thoughtful father I could have ever asked for. You showed us unconditional love and support. I remember when you would ground me when I did wrong. You always gave me a second chance to regain your love and trust. When I was thirteen and there were few women in law, I told you that I wanted to be an attorney and you said then you will. You never doubted me and I never doubted you. I miss you and love you and hope you inspire others as you have me. Thanks to all of the people who have honored my Father and helped to keep his service and memory alive. My Dad Roy was an exceptional person, even with his flaws. Many of his flaws have become our gain and have enriched our lives as well. I will never forget his devoted friends like Martin, Gino, Dave and our family as well! Denise Dirks, his loving daughter.

Denise Dirks, daughter
November 8, 2015


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