Deputy Sheriff John Robert Saxerud

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Saxerud

Island County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, November 14, 1987

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John Robert Saxerud

Deputy Sheriff John Saxerud and Deputy Sheriff William Heffernan were shot and killed by a man they had arrested for drunk driving.

As they took the man into the processing area of the jail, the man pulled out a concealed handgun and shot them both, killing them almost instantly.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder and sentenced to two life terms.

Deputy Saxerud had served with the Island County Sheriff's Office for two months and previously served with the Laimer County (Colorado) Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, drunk driver, police facility

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John Saxerud. So many years we worked together. So many adventures on the job we shared. One comes to mind where you saved me from serious injury. I always held you and your talents in the highest regard. Also your ability as a talented pilot. Thinking of you today, so many years later. Still saddened by the senseless extinguishing of your bright flame. Rest in Peace dear friend. We shall meet up again.

J.L. Webber, Sergeant (ret)
Larimer County Co. Sherriff's Dept.

Sgt. J.L. Webber
Larimer County Sheriff

November 28, 2023

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