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 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 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 is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Hello Sheriff Coursey, I’m a police officer and I haven’t been in the best spirits recently and I’m considering walking away from the profession. I went hiking with a friend earlier and talked to him about what was going on in the world and how I was losing my motivation to be in this profession. Then I came across your headstone which is close to the trail. On the back it has “The beneath the badge inscription”. I read this and it made me feel a sense of peace, love and understanding. Thank you so much brother....I cant even begin to express the timing of this and know much it meant to me during this time. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Officer Redmond

August 28, 2020

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