Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox

Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox

Millard County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Josie Greathouse Fox

Deputy Sheriff Josie Fox was shot and killed while attempting to stop a vehicle connected to a car theft investigation. Deputy Fox's sergeant had spotted two vehicles wanted in connection with the investigation and called for backup.

The sergeant followed one vehicle while Deputy Fox followed the second. A short time later Deputy Fox requested backup after stopping the vehicle on Highway 50, at mile post 91, near Delta. When her sergeant arrived he found her suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck, just above her vest.

The suspect, who fled the scene in the vehicle, was identified as an illegal alien who had already been deported but had returned to the United States. He and a second suspect were apprehended the following morning by members of the Beaver County Sheriff's Office and United States Marshals Service.

In August 2012 the subject who was charged with shooting Deputy Fox was acquitted of murder, but convicted of weapons charges tampering with evidence. He was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison. In February 2017 the subject was convicted in federal court of intentionally killing a law enforcement officer and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Fox had served with the Millard County Sheriff's Office for five years. She is survived by her husband and two children. She is buried in Delta City Cemetery, Delta, Utah.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1P29

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to life

auto theft, traffic stop

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January 5, 2022, marks the 12th year since we lost Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox of the Millard County Sheriff's Office, in Utah. Deputy Greathouse Fox and I never met. Nonetheless, Josie, her husband Doug and their kids, are part of my family, the law enforcement family. I was touched by the loss of this lovely young mother, taken by a vicious animal. So, I chose to ride in her honor during the 2011 Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour brings together hundreds of police officers from all over the United States and the world to ride bicycles from New Jersey to Washington DC. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. I hope one day to meet Deputy Fox’s family and offer my personal condolences. In the meantime, let’s all keep Deputy Fox; her family and so many others like them in our thoughts and prayers.

Blessed are those who morn for they shell be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Chief Paul Philipps Ret.
Parsippany Police Department

January 5, 2022

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