Sheriff Dave Malcolm

Sheriff Dave Malcolm

Butte County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch Thursday, January 24, 1946

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Dave Malcolm

Sheriff Dave Malcolm and Agent Thomas Matthews of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation were shot and killed while conducting a roadblock near the town of Spearfish at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 14 and 85.

Both officers were shot around 7 p.m. by an escaped murderer from Minnesota. The suspect was apprehended and executed in the electric chair in 1947.

Sheriff Malcolm was a World War I veteran who was elected as Sheriff of Butte County Sheriff's Office in 1945 and previously served as a deputy sheriff. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

A portion of Highway 85 has been dedicated to Sheriff Malcolm and Agent Matthews.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1947

escapee, roadblock

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Sheriff Malcolm,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Butte County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 24, 2021

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