Lieutenant Hiram V. Short

Lieutenant Hiram V. Short

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, July 12, 1961

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Hiram V. Short

Lieutenant Hiram Short was shot and killed while responding to an assistance call from a state wildlife officer on Route 40, near Kremmling, Colorado.

When Lieutenant Short arrived on the scene the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire, killing Lieutenant Short and wounding two other officers who were on the scene.

The suspect later shot and killed Deputy John Clark, of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, during a foot pursuit. The suspect was apprehended hiding in sage brush near railroad tracks, and was sentenced to death. The suspect's sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison in 1999.

Lieutenant Short had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 15 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Lt. Short will never ever be forgotten; RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

June 15, 2019

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