Sheriff Roger David Coursey

Sheriff Roger David Coursey

Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, November 18, 1994

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Roger David Coursey

Sheriff Roger Coursey was shot and killed while he and the Undersheriff made a high-risk traffic stop of a vehicle that was believed to have been used in a bank robbery in another county.

The suspects opened fire on the two officers, killing Sheriff Coursey. The two suspects, a man and a woman, remained at large for several months until their bodies were found in a sleeping bag underneath a tree. Both had committed suicide with the same weapon used to murder Sheriff Coursey.

Sheriff Coursey had served in law enforcement for 24 years in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

bank robbery, traffic stop

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You were a sheriff not behind the desk but out doing your job and protecting those you serve. You gave your life in the performance of that duty and the oath you took. Your killer was paroled over and over and even with weapons convictions, he was set free time and time again. His family called him "a nice kid". His last release came after a federal jury found him not guilty on a cut and dried federal gun charge. He would have been in prison the day you were murdered. He is dead and hopefully forgotten but you are not. You are the hero that he and his accomplice never was. They both died as cowards and you our hero. May God always guide and protect your soul and spirit.

G. Wayne Pike, Sheriff/United States Mar
Sheriff,Wythe Couhty Va. Sheriff's office/United States marshal,

February 23, 2022

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