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Chief of Police Dave Markham | Willows Police Department, California Willows Police Department, California

Chief of Police

Dave Markham

Willows Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 19, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 69

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed

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Chief Markham was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to question a man who had been carrying a shotgun and acting suspicious. As the two officers approached the man's vehicle from behind the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, fatally wounding Chief Markham.

The suspect was wounded by return fire and taken into custody. He was adjudged insane and sent to the Ukiah State Mental Hospital.

Chief Markham had served as a constable and chief of police for Willow for 18 years.

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Rest in Peace, Chief Markham. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 23, 2012


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