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New Hero Search Dale Dewain Claxton - May. 29, 1998 (23588)

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Cortez Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: CO, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: May. 29, 1998
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 45 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Cortez Police Dept.
CO   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Assault
Badge: 11
On The Job: 3 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CO   USA   Fri. May. 29, 1998
Summary: Patrolman Dale Claxton was shot 18 times and killed after stopping a tanker truck that had been stolen. Before Patrolman Claxton exited his patrol car one of the three suspects in the vehicle opened fire on him with a fully automatic rifle, striking him 18 times.

The suspects then fled but were pursued by other officers. During an intense gun battle during the pursuit two deputies from the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department were shot and wounded. The suspects stole another pickup truck before escaping into a canyon-filled portion of the state.

The National Guard and over 500 officers from four states assisted in the search for the suspects. One of the suspects was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in early June 1998 after wounding a San Juan County sheriff's deputy. A second suspect's skeletal remains were found in November 1999. The third suspect's remains were found in Utah in June 2007.

Patrolman Claxton had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and a granddaughter, and is buried in Cortez Cemetery, Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado.

One of his sons later became a police officer with the Cortez Police Department, and the badge number Lobo 11 was retired permanently.

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