Deputy Sheriff Samuel Dow Blackwell

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Dow Blackwell

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, June 6, 1943

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Samuel Dow Blackwell

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Blackwell succumbed to stab wounds received four days earlier in Coolidge while attempting to arrest a man who had raped his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife.

When Deputy Blackwell approached the man he was attacked and stabbed in the chest. Although wounded, he was able to draw his weapon and fatally shoot the man. Deputy Blackwell was taken to Casa Grande Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later.

Deputy Blackwell worked for the Pinal County Sheriff's Department and served as the resident deputy for the town of Coolidge. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 2, 1943
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

sex offense

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We are looking for all family survivors from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office holds an annual memorial service the first Thursday in May, and we would like to mail surviving family invitations to be able to view the service via live scan or in person. Please contact me at Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Admin. Assistant Deborah Lopez

September 2, 2016

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