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Corporal Richard C. Edstrom | Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

Corporal

Richard C. Edstrom

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 28, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/19/1959

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Corporal Richard Edstrom succumbed to gunshot wounds received over one month earlier in Durango while attempting to apprehend three escaped convicts from New Mexico.

During the initial chase the suspect vehicle was stopped and two suspects immediately gave up. The third suspect ran through a cafe onto another street where he was confronted by Corporal Edstrom. During the ensuing gun battle the suspect was shot and killed and Corporal Edstrom was shot two times. He later succumbed to those wounds.

Corporal Edstrom had served with the Colorado State Patrol for just eight years.

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I would like to pay a personal tribute to a man whos name I may have been christened with, but whos shoes can never be filled. My grandfather, Cpl Richard C. Edstrom, perished protecting the citizens of Durango, Co from desperate souls with nothing to lose. He was a brave, caring, selfless man who would be sorely missed by a family who desperately needed him to come home that night. Being his grandson and living the effects of that night without ever having met him has been a piece missing from my life since I can remember. Today the La Plata county law enforcement community gave tribute to this wonderful man and six others who gave their all. Thank you for that! I know it meant the world to my father. I truly appreciate the officers that are risking their lives everyday, and the ones who have come to an end of watch. It takes a special soul to be that person. May god bless you all and grant you the peace you so richly deserve.

Mark Richard Edstrom
grandson
May 15, 2015

 

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