Trooper Lyle Fredrick Wohlers

Trooper Lyle Fredrick Wohlers

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, November 5, 1992

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Lyle Fredrick Wohlers

Trooper Lyle Wohlers was shot during a traffic stop of two juveniles on I-70 near Georgetown. During the stop he requested backup but was shot by one of the suspects before backup arrived.

The two suspects were apprehended and tried as adults. The shooter was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and the accomplice was sentenced to 32 years but was released after serving 11 years. As shooter was a juvenile at the time, he was resentenced following the Supreme Court's ruling on juvenile offenders in 2012. The suspect was resentenced to 46 years and his release date is scheduled for 2037.

Trooper Wohlers had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and son. His son became the Chief of Police in Idaho Springs, Colorado.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 4, 1992
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile offender, traffic stop

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Officer Wohler,

I am a cadet in the police academy in Denver. My father was born and raised in Idaho Springs, where you were murdered, and your son took on being Chief.

Thank you for being one who kept my father safe as he braved I-70. Your sacrifice will always be remembered through the hearts of your wife, son, and many others.

Cadet J.King

March 4, 2023

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