Game Warden Wilson Conley Elms

Game Warden Wilson Conley Elms

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

End of Watch Monday, January 5, 1981

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Wilson Conley Elms

Game Warden Elms and Game Warden William Pogue were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a poacher in Owyhee County.

The suspect was released from prison in February 2005.

Warden Elms had served with the agency for three years.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Released in February 2005

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I knew the Reno based FBI Agents who apprehended Claude Dallas in Humboldt County (Nevada), sometime after the murders. One of the agents has since passed away (S/A Nenzel), but the others, including S/A Wick are retired. Claude spend much of his time in Nevada and was hiding out in Paradise Valley, when tracked down by the FBI and local law enforcement. Dallas was wounded while fleeing in a pick-up truck. Dallas got off with a lenient sentence in Idaho, and later escaped from an Idaho prison, but was apprehended later in California. Unfortunately the defense during the trial tried to vilify Officers Pogue and Elms, but both officers were obviously dedicated professionals, who strived to protect our natural resources. Dallas had several poached hides when confronted in his camp by the officers. I thank Officer Pogue and Elms for their sacrifice and service to the citizens of Idaho and Nevada. As a hunter and outdoorsman myself, these men should never be forgotten for their dedicated and exemplary service.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

January 5, 2022

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