Deputy Sheriff John Derek Osborne

Deputy Sheriff John Derek Osborne

Denver Sheriff's Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 1974

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John Derek Osborne

Deputy Sheriff John Osborne was stabbed to death by two inmates who were attempting to escape from the Denver County Jail.

The two had overpowered another guard when they came across Deputy Osborne, who was on his normal rounds. The two suspects overpowered Deputy Osborne and cut his throat with a 4-inch homemade blade.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Apprehended

escape attempt

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 7, 2020

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