Lieutenant Roger G. Sanders

Lieutenant Roger G. Sanders

Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1978

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Roger G. Sanders

Lieutenant Roger Sanders succumbed to injuries sustained on August 11th, 1978, when a pipebomb exploded in Washington State Penitentiary's Department of Education building in Walla Walla.

Officers found the pipebomb during a routine shakedown and moved it to a control room. It detonated as Lieutenant Sanders attempted to open one of the end caps. Lieutenant Sanders lost one hand and suffered serious injuries to his stomach. Two other officers were also injured. Lieutenant Sanders was transported to a local hospital where he died on September 1st, 1978.

The bomb had been made and placed at the location by prisoners.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Incident Date Friday, August 11, 1978
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Not available


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Lt. Sanders,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Washington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

September 1, 2018

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