Patrolman John H. Combs

Patrolman John H. Combs

Parma Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch Monday, September 22, 1969

John H. Combs

Patrolman John Combs was shot and killed when he stopped to investigate three men in a vehicle parked on the side of the highway two miles east of Parma. The three men inside were wanted for an earlier armed robbery. Patrolman Combs was struck by a shotgun blast as he approached the vehicle. The suspects then shot and wounded a civilian riding with him before stealing his patrol car. Two suspects were arrested a short time later after they overturned the patrol car following a high speed pursuit. The third suspect was apprehended the next day.

All three suspects were charged with Patrolman Combs' murder. One died in jail while awaiting trial on February 17, 1970. The other two were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 6, 1970. One was paroled May 1, 1980, and the other suspect was paroled February 21, 1984.

Patrolman Combs, who served in the US Air Force, had been with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 401
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1980 and 1984

traffic stop

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We went to school together in Homedale. The last time that I saw John was in a train in Korea 1963. I was sitting in the US/UN car and he came walking down the aisle. We had a good talk and I never saw him again.

Thomas Thompson Maj. USAR
Army

October 13, 2018

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