Police Officer Elmer A. Trout

Police Officer Elmer A. Trout

Pueblo Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, September 23, 1935

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Elmer A. Trout

Police Officer Elmer Trout succumbed to injuries sustained on February 22nd, 1930, when he attempted to disperse a large group of youths who were acting disorderly in front of a pool hall at 320 North Union Avenue.

A group of approximately 16 people cut him on the head and face with a knife before knocking him down and continuing to kick him. Sixteen people were arrested, but 12 were released due to uncooperative witnesses.

Officer Trout developed seizures and other complications as the result of the attack and was forced to medically retire on July 16th, 1934. He passed away as a result of the injuries on September 23rd, 1935.

Officer Trout had served with the Pueblo Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 22, 1930
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available


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Elmer Arthur Trout was my grandfather. Sadly, I never knew him as my mother was only 3 when he passed away. She was the 3rd oldest of the 4 children, one boy followed by 3 girls. Many years (about 25) ago I tried to get him added to the Police Officers Memorial in Washington, DC but was told that he did not qualify, because the cause of death listed was Diphtheria. Even though the newspaper articles written at that time stated he would not have gotten so sick, had he not be beaten down so much during that attack. I am so glad to see that at least the people of Pueblo, CO recognize that he is a hero. Thank You.

Cynthia Ravenscraft

May 24, 2019

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