Night Marshal Jacob A. "Jake" Kipper

Night Marshal Jacob A. "Jake" Kipper

Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1911

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Jacob A. "Jake" Kipper

Night Marshal Jake Kipper and Marshal Jesse Craig were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at the scene of a family disturbance. As they attempted to arrest the man his family started fighting with the officers. The subject was able to gain control of Marshal Craig's pistol and fatally shot both officers.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested two days later by the mayor and acting city marshal. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life. In 1914 he received a new trial and was acquitted of both murders. In 1916 he was convicted of another murder and sentenced to life.

Night Marshal Kipper had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Valley View Cemetery, Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 4, 1911
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Night Marshal Kipper,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rocky Ford.


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