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Sheriff Govan C. Mills | Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Kansas


Govan C. Mills

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/10/1927

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Mills was shot and killed when he noticed a suspicious car parked on the side of a road as he and his wife drove by. He had another deputy back him up and they confronted two men inside of the car. One of the men produced a gun and held the two officers at gunpoint. When one of the men went to disable Sheriff Mills' car the sheriff attempted to disarm the other suspect. The suspect opened fire, mortally wounding Sheriff Mills and wounding the other deputy.

Two days later both suspects were apprehended in Pueblo, Colorado, after a running gun battle with officers. Both were convicted of Sheriff Mills' murder and sentenced to life. Later one suspect escaped from the Kansas Penitentiary and fled to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he shot and killed a grocery store owner on May 27, 1931. On November 24, 1932, he was executed in Indiana's electric chair. The other suspect was denied parole in 1949.

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Mills. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 4, 2014


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