Chief of Police John L. Colvig

Chief of Police John L. Colvig

San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, July 6, 1882

John L. Colvig

Chief John Colvig was shot and killed when he and several other officers were attacked by a group of Apache warriors and scouts who had deserted from the United States Cavalry. The group had been attacking villages and camps along the trail to the San Carlos Apache Reservation. When they arrived at the location the encountered Chief Colvig, who was handing out ration tickets with the other officers.

The officers were attacked by the group and Chief Colvig was shot and killed. The group continued to flee, but were pursued by troops from Fort McDowell and Camp Verde. When the troops located the men a shootout ensued in which several of the troops were killed. The surviving troops fled back to the San Carlos Apache Reservation.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 15, 2015

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