Deputy Sheriff Nephi Stannard Jensen

Deputy Sheriff Nephi Stannard Jensen

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Friday, November 21, 1913

Nephi Stannard Jensen

Deputies Nephi Jensen, Otto Witbeck, Thomas Manderich, J. Douglas Hulsey, and Chief J.W. Grant, of the Bingham City Police Department, were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a murder suspect.

Four Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputies and the Bingham City police chief were killed while attempting to arrest a miner who had just murdered another man during a dispute over a woman in a dance hall. After shooting the man, the suspect fled to Saratoga Springs, where he set up an ambush in an irrigation ditch for the officers who were following him.

As Chief Grant and Deputy Jensen rode into the field the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding them both. Two other deputies heard the shots and immediately rode to the area. The suspect opened fire on them as well, fatally wounding Deputy Witbeck. As the fourth deputy assisted the wounded officers the suspect escaped into the nearby mountains.

Officers converged on the area and finally tracked the suspect back to Bingham where they located the man hiding in a mine. The deputies decided to smoke the suspect out and began positioning bails of hay in the mine to set them on fire. As they did so, the suspect opened fire on Deputy Manderich and Deputy Hulsey, killing them both. The suspect somehow escaped from the mine and fled the scene. He remained at large until 1921 when he was shot and killed near Del Rio, Texas, by a Texas Ranger conducting a smuggling investigation.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed in 1921

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I am the great great granddaughter of Nephi Stannard Jensen. Fallen Deputy Sheriff killed in the line of duty Nov. 21, 1913.
As a little girl growing up I remember my grandfather telling me the sad story. He was 13 and became the man of the family. I have visited the family plot.
I have passed the history to my children and grandchildren.... The family story will never die.
Debbie Wilson
June 29, 2014

Debbie Wilson
great granddaughter

June 29, 2014

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