Patrolman Louis Box

Patrolman Louis Box

Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, April 18, 1945

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Louis Box

Patrolman Louis Box was attempting to arrest a 26-year-old army private wanted in connection with assaulting a 15-year-old girl. As Patrolman Box questioned the man, he suddenly produced a knife and cut Patrolman Box's throat.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On October 17, 1945, President Truman commuted his sentence to life in prison.

Patrolman Box had served with the Rocky Ford Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, investigation

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I will always honor my Great Grandfather and the sacrifice he made protecting the citizens of Rocky Ford. My Grandmother was his oldest child. All of his children have passed and it is up to us descendants to keep his memory alive. I have been in law enforcement for 23 years and pray every day that my service makes a difference. I am proud to be a law enforcement officer.
I have been to the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial and intend to visit the National Memorial soon.
It makes me happy to see other distant relatives, I have not met, leaving a reflection on this page. Maybe someday we can connect.

Sergeant Christina Montez
Great Grandaughter

October 17, 2022

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