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 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 commutted his sentence to life in prison.

Patrolman Box had been with agency for six years and 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

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Patrolman Box,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rocky Ford. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 18, 2020

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