Police Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff

Police Officer Dillon Micheal Vakoff

Arvada Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, September 11, 2022

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Dillon Micheal Vakoff

Police Officer Dillon Vakoff was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 6700 block of W. 51st Avenue at about 1:40 am.

He and another officer were attempting to break up a fight between the family members when one of the involved men opened fire, wounding a woman who was also involved in the disturbance. The subject then exchanged shots with Officer Vakoff and the other officer. Officer Vakoff was mortally wounded before the subject was also shot.

Officer Vakoff was transported to Lutheran Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject is in custody.

Officer Vakoff was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Arvada Police Department for three years. He is survived by his mother and girlfriend.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded


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My heart is broken as i just found out that a good Airman, Friend, Man, and Officer was killed in the line of duty. I use to supervise Dillon along with others while he was on active duty in the Air Force. I was also deployed with Dillon for over 6 months. I would remember his joy for life and that he was a gym buff just like me. One of his alternate assigned takes while we were deployed was to pick up the mail for the whole unit. This was a hard and tasking job but it brought joy to everyone when a package came in for them and he was the face they would see. I was so excited when he got promoted to SSgt and that his passion for becoming a better man was so infectious to everyone around him. I still think of you often and like his old motto of his active duty once stood for was "FTB" or "First to Bomb" was because the unit was the first to do so in combat. I think he lived it as he was the "First" on scene and always leading the way. Dillon, you will not be forgotten and may you rest in peace and brother in arms.


Russ Stevens
Friend and former Brother in Arms

April 21, 2023

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