Undersheriff John Fletcher Clark

Undersheriff John Fletcher Clark

Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, July 12, 1961

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John Fletcher Clark

Undersheriff John Clark was shot and killed as he attempted to catch the suspect who had shot and killed Lieutenant Hiram Short, of the Colorado State Patrol, earlier in the day.

He and the county sheriff had setup a roadblock near Bond, Colorado, in an attempt to stop the suspect. The man rammed their car and then opened fire, striking Undersheriff Clark in the face.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison in 1999.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 12, 2020

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