CRIME IN COLORADO - 1998    

INTRODUCTION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

MESSAGE FROM CBI DIRECTOR

MEMORIAM

STATUTE

DEFINITIONS

HOMICIDE
RAPE
ROBBERY
BURGLARY
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

LIST BY AGENCY

HATE CRIMES

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

MAJOR OFFENSES

PRIMARY ARRESTS

STATEWIDE ARRESTS

ARSON REPORT

OFFICERS ASSAULTED

IN MEMORIAM

There Is No Greater Love Than This

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On the morning of May 29, 1998, Officer Dale Claxton was on patrol when he observed a 1998 white Mack water truck with New Mexico license plates, which had been reported stolen from a construction site near Ignacio, Colorado. Unknown to Officer Claxton, in the stolen water truck were three men dressed in camouflaged military style clothing, including kevlar vests and helmets, carrying fully automatic rifles. Before Officer Claxton could exit his patrol car, a gunman exited the passenger side of the truck and opened fire killing Officer Claxton. Three assisting officers from Colorado and Utah law enforcement agencies were injured and hospitalized. In June, 1998, one suspect was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The remaining two suspects are still at large. Officer Claxton was a three year veteran of the Cortez Police Department.

Courage knows no limits. It is not bound by a person’s age or sex or race.  Courage is a spirit that is at home in the hearts of brave men and women everywhere.

This book is dedicated to all the brave men and women who serve our society at the risk of making the supreme sacrifice.