Marshal Roy Woofter

Marshal Roy Woofter

Roswell Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, May 27, 1911

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Roy Woofter

Marshal Roy Woofter succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day when he and other officers attempted to arrest a man for selling illegal alcohol from his home. The man let the officers into his home and then barricaded himself in another room. He shot Marshal Woofter through a window.

The 36-year-old suspect was arrested, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to death. In 1913 the New Mexico Supreme Court granted him a new trial. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 99 years.

Marshal Woofter had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Oakview Cemetery in Albia, Iowa.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, May 26, 1911
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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You set your standard here a long time ago and it still stands strong. All old and new officer are reminded every day in our department. Rest in peace my brother.

Corporal Rhodes Adam
Roswell police department, NM

May 27, 2018

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