Deputy Sheriff Melvin C. Colebrook

Deputy Sheriff Melvin C. Colebrook

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, March 10, 1973

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Melvin C. Colebrook

Deputy Melvin Colebrook was shot and killed with his partner's weapon after the two officers responded to a domestic disturbance in an affluent part of the Valley. The suspect was found holding his child in an upstairs room. After the child was removed the suspect began to fight with the deputies. During the struggle the man obtained control of Deputy Colebrook's partner's weapon and shot Deputy Colebrook in the head. The partner was able to overpower the suspect and place him into custody.

The suspect, who was a bank vice president, was released the next day on an extremely low bail. During a highly publicized trial the suspect was acquitted of murdering Deputy Colebrook.

Deputy Sheriff Melvin Colebrook had served with the agency for 1 year. He is survived by a wife and three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 100

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Just met your niece today, she thanked me for my service as we reflected upon yours. I am troubled to read about the aftermath of your heroic death. Know that we remember you.

Deputy Chief of Police Scott Buchanan
West Valley City (UT) Police Department

March 20, 2019

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