Deputy Sheriff Ronald Mark King

Deputy Sheriff Ronald Mark King

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, May 21, 1999

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Ronald Mark King

Deputy Sheriff Ronald King was killed when a drunk driver turned in front of him while he was driving on his police motorcycle on US 85, near Louviers. Deputy King and his partner were returning from a seat belt enforcement assignment when the van turned in front of both motorcycles, causing them both to strike it.

Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where Deputy King succumbed to his injuries. His partner was admitted in serious condition. The driver of the van was driving on a revoked license as an habitual offender. After the accident he fled to a nearby bar but was arrested by an off duty officer who had stopped to help at the scene.

The suspect was charged with several counts, including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and two drunk driving charges. He was convicted of of the charges and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Deputy King had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He is survived by two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 36 years

drunk driver

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It's been 23 years now. People say with time it hurts less. I think they must have never lost someone they loved or they wouldn't have said such a lie. I remember when we went fishing at Enders and I got a sandbur in my foot. You swept me up and carried me back to the car and got it out. That was the same kindness you took to your work at Douglas County Sheriff's Department. I wish you could have met V. Ronin. He thought about law enforcement but I said no, I wouldn't even let him learn to ride a motorcycle. He's chosen the Air Force Guard for service. I loved that you started the D.A.R.E. program at Douglas County, your love of the kids and youth of every area where you visited, lived and served and your dedication to the community you served. Forever yours, Sunshine

Deb Richards
Friend since 1972, APS Certified Investigator

June 1, 2022

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