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End of Watch Clark

Undersheriff John Fletcher Clark
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch Wednesday, July 12, 1961
Undersheriff John Clark was shot and killed as he attempted to catch the suspect who had shot and killed Lieutenant Hiram Short, of the Colorado State Patrol, earlier in the day Lt. Short and the Sheriff had setup a roadblock near Bond, Colorado, in an attempt to stop the suspect. The man rammed their car and then opened fire, striking Undersheriff Clark in the face. The suspect was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison in 1999.

End of Watch Meyer

Deputy Oscar W. Meyer
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 2, 1937
Deputy Sheriff Oscar Meyer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect Jim Sherbondy, age 17, who was wanted for robbery in Chicago, Illinois. Sherbondy was believed to be hiding with his family in Red Cliff, Colorado. Deputy Meyer, who lived in Red Cliff, was notified on November 2, 1937 that Sherbondy was seen leaving town with his family. Meyer followed the family and caught up with their pickup just west of Tennessee Pass. When Meyer forced the pickup to a stop, Sherbondy exited the vehicle with a gun and shot Meyer twice in the chest. Sherbondy fled in Meyer’s vehicle, but was captured three weeks later in Hastings, Nebraska. Sherbondy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In October 1969, he walked away from a prison honor camp and was subsequently killed in a shootout with Denver police officers on November 28, 1969.