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Officer Beth Haynes | Boulder Police Department, Colorado Boulder Police Department, Colorado

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Beth Haynes

Boulder Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Saturday, April 16, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Beth Haynes was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had abducted a man in Denver, Colorado, and forced him to drive to Boulder, Colorado, where the victim was able to escape and call police. The suspect intended to kill a woman who did not want a relationship with the man, and he was raised in a culture which believes women are less important than men.

Officer Haynes confronted the suspect from behind cover and as she was issuing orders to the man, a bystander walked to a nearby car. The bystander then ignored Officer Hayne's orders to move from the danger area and stood by to watch. As Officer Haynes moved to the bystander in order to offer protection the suspect opened fire, striking her in the hand and armpit, just above her vest.

She was able to return fire, but her gun jammed. The suspect then shot her execution style in the head. Three of Officer Hayne's four shots struck the suspect, one of them fatally. The suspect lost so much blood that he had no strength left to run and committed suicide as officers closed in on him.

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As time moves on, sometimes we tend to forget. Your actions were in the highest traditions of our profession - you were trying to save the life of a citizen who ignored your directions which, if followed, may have saved you both. But you followed your calling.

May you continue to rest in the peace you earned.

Michael L. Maudlin, Chief of Police (ret
Commerce City, Sheridan and Lakewood
October 19, 2015

 

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