Chief of Police Cecil F. Gurr

Chief of Police Cecil F. Gurr

Roosevelt Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Friday, July 6, 2001

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Cecil F. Gurr

Chief Cecil Gurr was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

A convenience store clerk called police after witnessing a male subject forcing a woman into his car. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, who was armed with a rifle, held them at bay as he held his ex-girlfriend hostage. As Chief Gurr exited his patrol car the suspect opened fire on him, killing him instantly. The other officers returned fire, but because of the hostage, were limited in their ability to obtain a target and missed. The suspect forced the woman into the truck and fled the scene. They were stopped several blocks away and the suspect was taken into custody.

On September 20, 2002, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chief Gurr was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Roosevelt Police Department for 27 years, being chief for over 20 of those years. He is survived by his wife and three grown children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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