Sheriff Howard V. Trafton

Sheriff Howard V. Trafton

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, September 5, 1925

Howard V. Trafton

Sheriff Trafton and Undersheriff Richard Rountree were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was interfering with highway construction crews. Sheriff Trafton was able to return fire during the shootout and killed the suspect.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sheriff Trafton,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Undersheriff for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Cruz County.


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September 5, 2017

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