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.

Bio

  • 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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Millard County Utah Sheriff's Office mourns on 10-year anniversary of fallen deputy

It's been a decade since Millard County Sheriff's Office lost one of their very own in the line of duty: Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.

Ten years ago Sunday, Fox was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 50, about a mile east of Delta.

"We post on this day at this hour as it marks the moment 10 years ago that Deputy Josie Greathouse-Fox was taken from all of us as she paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave her life in service to the citizens of Millard County," stated the Millard County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. "We remember her wit, spirit, and fearless dedication."

The agency continued:

May we each take time to remember Josie and what she gave as we commit to be better, and to stand against the darkness of this world with the same conviction that she held. Deputy Josie Greathouse-Fox, 1P29, you are gone, but never forgotten.

According to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial website, the 37-year-old deputy had stopped a vehicle and was approaching it when she was shot at with a high-power rifle, where one of the rounds passed through her body armor and inflicted a fatal wound.

The suspect - later identified as Roberto Roman - fled the scene and was later found hiding in a shed in Beaver County following a statewide manhunt.

Two years later, despite having confessed to the murder, a jury found Roman not guilty. Federal charges were then filed in 2015 for drugs, weapons and intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. Roman's lawyers filed an appeal, claiming the new charges were double jeopardy but the judge denied the appeal.

In 2017, a federal jury found Roman guilty on 11 charges, including intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. As of August 2018, Roman is still serving his life sentence plus 80 years in prison.

Fox is remembered by her husband and two children. Her bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Millard County Sheriff's Office and Millard County Peace Officers Association.

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