Game Warden Eugene Sara

Game Warden Eugene Sara

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1974

Eugene Sara

Game Warden Eugene Sara and Chief of Police Don Williams, of the Thompson Falls Police Department, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had shot Chief Williams and stolen his weapon. As Warden Sara and his partner arrived at the scene the suspect opened fire on them, mortally wounding Warden Sara. Both game wardens were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Warden Sara's wife was working as a dispatcher on the night of the incident and dispatched the officers on the call.

Warden Sara was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge FG58
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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My father, Robert Wolf who was the Under Sheriff was with Gene at the time of his death. Dad shoot and killed Albert Stout who was the man that killed Gene and Don Williams. I was in 6th grade at the time. If things had been different, my dad could have been killed. Dad filmed for the Top Cop series what had happen. Until that time of the film, I did not know the details as to what had happen on that night.

My heart goes out to both Gene Sara and Don Williams families. You should be very proud them.

Thomas Wolf

Son of a Retired Law Enforcement Officer from Montana and father of a Detention Officer in Wyoming.

June 20, 2013

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