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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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Beth, you are remembered not only for your untimely & violent death but for the kindness and compassion you showed victims of crime. I remember being called out on a domestic assault late one night. We met you at the designated place where you sat in your patrol car for the next hour talking with the young woman who had been assaulted by her boyfriend. As Victim Advocates we were there to help counsel and calm the young woman, but you had already succeeded in that endeavor. So unlike any of the other officers on the force at the time, you went above and beyond and displayed immense compassion.
And I will always remember the night you were killed. Living across the street as I did back then, I heard every gunshot, every patrol car siren's wail racing toward our little neighborhood from all corners of the city.
After being up all night at the station working with the 2 little children whose lives you probably saved, and making sure they and their mom had a hotel room to stay in, I went to the parking lot where you were killed. I looked for signs of you there, signs that would signal to my disbelieving mind that your life had ended and I was not dreaming.
Nor will I forget the grand outpouring from the communities along the funeral route, where 1000's of people lined the roads holding signs, and flowers that expressed their grief, shock, love, and support.
No one should die the way you did Beth and yet that was the life you chose for yourself. A life where every day means putting yourself at risk for the benefit of others. Your contribution in that vein, however short, was outstanding and that is why I and so many others will remember you until the day our lungs no longer sustain life.

R.O. Victim Advocate (former)
Boulder PD
April 9, 2017

 

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