Undersheriff Clarence Bunch Fugate

Undersheriff Clarence Bunch Fugate

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, October 12, 1940

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Clarence Bunch Fugate

Undersheriff Fugate was shot and killed while negotiating with a hostage taker at a local bar. Undersheriff had entered the establishment to try to talk the man into surrendering. The suspect told him his gun was in the kitchen. Undersheriff Fugate could not locate it and returned to the man to ask where it was again. The man pulled a gun from behind the bar and shot him. The suspect was sentenced to life at hard labor and later died in prison.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Recently, I was commended with a legacy award. The Clarence Fugate Community Service Award, issued by the JCSO in your honor. I learned a lot in the following days as I read up on your history and service, not just as a Colorado Peace Officer but as a soldier in WWI.

Legacy, is all we have. It's important to remember it and to pass it on. I promise, I'll tell as many about your story as will listen.

Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your service.

Deputy A. Kilbon
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Colorado

April 2, 2018

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