Officer Beth Haynes

Officer Beth Haynes

Boulder Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, April 16, 1994

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Beth Haynes

Officer Beth Haynes was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had abducted a man in Denver, Colorado, and forced him to drive to Boulder, Colorado, where the victim was able to escape and call police. The suspect intended to kill a woman who did not want a relationship with the man, and he was raised in a culture which believes women are less important than men.

Officer Haynes confronted the suspect from behind cover and as she was issuing orders to the man, a bystander walked to a nearby car. The bystander then ignored Officer Hayne's orders to move from the danger area and stood by to watch. As Officer Haynes moved to the bystander in order to offer protection the suspect opened fire, striking her in the hand and armpit, just above her vest.

She was able to return fire, but her gun jammed. The suspect then shot her execution style in the head. Three of Officer Hayne's four shots struck the suspect, one of them fatally. The suspect lost so much blood that he had no strength left to run and committed suicide as officers closed in on him.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Beth's heroic actions and ultimate sacrifice in executing her sworn duty that night saved the DV victim and the other occupants inside her apartment that night. I was at the scene and heard the killer's final gunshot, which he saved for himself while just outside of the door of his intended victim, also heard on the open 911 call from inside. I recall there was evidence the suspect was suicidal before arriving at the scene - he was intending to kill his DV victim and himself that night. Beth had arrived at the DV disturbance call and was standing by awaiting her backup officer when she unavoidably confronted the suspect. I remember her tragic call on the radio that night, a cry for help. Code 10: officer down! It was the call for help that we all wished would have been answered in time. It was my first (of too many) funerals for law enforcement officers. A tremendous procession of officers and deputies from across the state of Colorado escorted Beth from Boulder to the service somewhere east of the city. Fire trucks saluted with their ladders and many bystanders lined the procession route on US36 in support. Another line of duty death this week reminded me of Beth and brought me to this page. I recall she was the first Japanese officer at Boulder PD and I estimate she would have reached 30 years of service this year. Thank you Beth, for your heroism that tragic night. You took an oath to protect us, and you heroically executed your duty. You are not forgotten.

Officer A. Reynolds

March 26, 2020

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