Chief of Police Dave Markham

Chief of Police Dave Markham

Willows Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 1940

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Dave Markham

Chief Markham was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to question a man who had been carrying a shotgun and acting suspicious. As the two officers approached the man's vehicle from behind the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, fatally wounding Chief Markham.

The suspect was wounded by return fire and taken into custody. He was adjudged insane and sent to the Ukiah State Mental Hospital.

Chief Markham had served as a constable and chief of police for Willow for 18 years.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed

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