Sheriff Gene W. Cox

Sheriff Gene W. Cox

Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, November 29, 1982

Gene W. Cox

Sheriff Cox was shot and killed while assisting the manager of a trailer park during a dispute with a resident. The unarmed Sheriff Cox parked in front of the suspect's trailer and began to approached the trailer. The suspect shot Sheriff Cox five times with a .30-.30 rifle at a range of approximately 15-feet.

The suspect then went to the management office and shot the manager, who was Sheriff Cox's father-in-law, and a bystander who went to his aid. The suspect was then shot and killed by Eureka police officers who were responding to the call.

Sheriff Cox had been in law enforcement for 29 years and was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Brother. We honor and remember you on the 35th anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 29, 2017

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