Sheriff Roger David Coursey

Sheriff Roger David Coursey

Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, November 18, 1994

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Roger David Coursey

Sheriff Roger Coursey was shot and killed while he and the Undersheriff made a high-risk traffic stop of a vehicle that was believed to have been used in a bank robbery in another county.

The suspects opened fire on the two officers, killing Sheriff Coursey. The two suspects, a man and a woman, remained at large for several months until their bodies were found in a sleeping bag underneath a tree. Both had committed suicide with the same weapon used to murder Sheriff Coursey.

Sheriff Coursey had served in law enforcement for 24 years in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

robbery, traffic stop

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I was led to this site (read on) and felt I must leave a comment.

Although I did not personally know Sheriff Coursey and could not recall his name, my dad (who has since passed) lived in Lake City and spoke very fondly of him and my mom worked with his wife at the bank in Lake City. My dad was involved in the hunt for the criminals that ensued after the tradgedy and I remember how upset he was over what had happened. I had not thought of this for years. Today while I was in my bathroom I had the light start flickering and for some reason immediately thought of this tradgedy. I quickly did an internet search but could not remember the year and was unable to find anything and gave up. HOWEVER as soon as I blanked out the search bar on my browser and hit return, a news article from "The Pueblo Chieftan" came up eventhough there was NOTHING IN THE SEARCH BAR! That led me to Sheriff Courseys name, which led me here. It turns out he passed on my wifes birthday.

I believe I was led here to relay the message that our loved ones that have passed are never gone from us but continue to watch over us. I feel I was also led here to say "Thank You for Your Service" to Sheriff Coursey and hopfully bring comfort to all who have lost loved ones in an untimely manner.

Lewis Wainwright Jr

Lewis Wainwright Jr

April 13, 2024

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