Constable George Cotant
Mountain City Constable's Office


End of Watch: Wednesday, September 29, 1937

Constable George Cotant was killed in an automobile accident while returning to Mountain City from Elko, where he was conducting business. His vehicle went out of control and completely overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Constable Cotant had served as the Mountain City constable for several months. He had previously served with the Elko County Sheriff's Office as a deputy and a jailer, and as constable of Elko. He was survived by his father, two brothers, and three sisters.

Officer Creighton Travis Spencer
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement

End of Watch: Sunday, March 25, 2001

Officer Creighton Spencer was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a reckless driver call on Battle Mountain.

He was travelling on I-80 just west of Elko, Nevada, when his 1999 Chevrolet Suburban patrol vehicle left the roadway, struck a guard rail, and then veered into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

Officer Spencer's father, Captain Jack Spencer, also of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was killed in the line of duty in 1998 when he was also involved in an automobile accident on I-80 near Reno, Nevada.

Officer Spencer was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, brother, and grandparents.

Deputy Deny Van Lawrence was honored and added to the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial Wall in Reno on May 1 and 2, 2013.

Undersheriff John J. Ellis
Elko County Sheriff's Office


End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 1874

Undersheriff John Ellis succumbed to the cold while returning to Elko after collecting court fees. A massive search was launched after he failed to return.

His body was not found until two months later when several hunters discovered his snow shoes and a campsite. His body was located approximately 400 yards from the campsite. The fees he had collected were located with his body along with his record book detailing the fees.

Deputy Sheriff William B. Weaver
Elko County Sheriff's Office


End of Watch: Thursday, August 5, 1880

Deputy Weaver succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier by a man who identified him as a deputy. Deputy Weaver was playing poker with the suspect and another man when the suspect and the third man got into a fight. Deputy Weaver attempted to break up the fight when the man said, "You are an officer I believe." When Deputy Weaver acknowledged that he was an officer, the suspect jumped up, told Deputy Weaver that no officer would arrest him, and then shot him. Deputy Weaver returned fire and both men were shot several times.

The suspect died at the scene. Deputy Weaver was seriously wounded and died three days later.

Deputy Weaver was survived by his two children, mother, and two sisters.

Deputy Sheriff S. D. Sheldon
Elko County Sheriff's Office, Nevada


End of Watch: Monday, August 2, 1869

Deputy S.D. Sheldon succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained six days earlier. He was shot in the head while on official business in Tecoma, Nevada.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

Deputy Sheriff Charles Lewis
Elko County Sheriff's Office


End of Watch: Monday, March 2, 1925
 
Deputy Charles Lewis was shot and killed while walking a man to jail in Elko. The man had been arrested at a local cafe after getting into an argument with an acquaintance over who would pay the bill.

As Deputy Lewis and the suspect approached the jail a struggle ensued and both men fell to the ground. As the suspect stood up he produced a handgun and opened fire, killing Deputy Lewis.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later hiding in a nearby hotel room. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on April 18, 1925. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison.Deputy Lewis had served as a constable and deputy in Elko County for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, four grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers

Constable Arthur J. St. Clair
Deeth Constable's Office


End of Watch: Sunday, February 22, 1920

Constable Arthur St. Clair and Deputy George Requa, of the Elk County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who had just stolen a car from a cattle company. The officers had been alerted to the theft by the owner and located the car stuck in the mud near Cherry Creek.

As the men approached the car, the suspects opened fire from an ambush position in an irrigation ditch 50 feet away. Constable St. Clair was struck in the chest and killed instantly. Deputy Requa was struck in the head and mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds approximately two weeks later.

The county sheriff and another deputy pursued the suspects to Butte Valley where they were arrested. One of the suspects escaped from prison in 1924 and wasn't recaptured for 46 years. He was returned to Nevada to finish his life sentence.

Constable St. Clair was survived by his wife and one child. He was buried in Starr Valley Cemetery, Starr Valley, Elko County Nevada.

Deputy Sheriff George T. Requa
Elko County Sheriff's Office


End of Watch: Friday, March 5, 1920

Deputy George Requa and Constable Arthur St. Clair, of the Deeth Constable's Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who had just stolen a car from a cattle company. The officers had been alerted to the theft by the owner and located the car stuck in the mud near Cherry Creek.

As the men approached the car, the suspects opened fire from an ambush position in an irrigation ditch 50 feet away. Constable St. Clair was struck in the chest and killed instantly. Deputy Requa was struck in the head and mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds approximately two weeks later.

The county sheriff and another deputy pursued the suspects to Butte Valley where they were arrested. One of the suspects escaped from prison in 1924 and wasn't recaptured for 46 years. He was returned to Nevada to finish his life sentence.

Officer Clyde A. "Rusty" Walters
Elko Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Thursday, February 20, 1975


Patrolman Walters succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier while he and his partner attempted to serve a warrant on a juvenile suspect. The officers went to the boy's work and informed him he had to go to jail. The boy dropped a broom, bent behind a workbench, and came up firing a .22 caliber revolver. Patrolman Walters was struck twice and mortally wounded. Both he and his partner were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman Walters had been with the agency for three years and had also served with the Washoe County Sheriff's Department, Carlin Police Department and Nevada Youth Training Center. He was survived by his wife and five children.

Constable Adolph H. "Dolph" Berning
Carlin Police Department


End of Watch: Friday, August 20, 1943

Constable Adolph Berning was shot and killed after stopping a stolen car on Highway 40. He had been notified that the car had been stolen and waited for the car to drive past him on the highway. He was shot as he approached the driver after stopping the car. The suspect, an escaped juvenile offender from Indiana, shot him once in the chest. Although wounded, Constable Berning was able to struggle with the suspect but was shot a second time in the neck.

The suspect then pulled Constable Berning into the vehicle and drove to a construction zone near Emigrants Pass. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and got into the vehicle of an accomplice who had been following him. Both suspects were apprehended a short time later. Constable Berning was taken to Elko General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect, age 17, was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the gas chamber on September 29, 1944. No person that young has ever been executed in Nevada before or since then.

 Elko County Sheriff's Office © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Deputy Sheriff Denny Van Lawrence

Elko County Sheriff's Department

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Denny Lawrence succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 30 years earlier while investigating a minor traffic accident on US 93 south of Jackpot, Nevada.

Unbeknownst to Deputy Lawrence, the suspect had just been released from the California Department of Corrections. Upon his release, he went to his former cellmate's home where he murdered two people and stole their car. Several campers in the area were helping the man stay warm as they waited for an officer to respond to the accident.

As Deputy Lawrence began to run the man's driver license, the man approached him and suddenly shot him once in the forehead with a .22 caliber handgun. He then fired again, but missed, before taking Deputy Lawrence's service revolver. Two armed citizens then shot and killed the subject as he opened fire on bystanders in an attempt to steal a vehicle to escape.

Deputy Lawrence remained in a coma for several days. He suffered severe brain damage and remained completely disabled in an assisted living home until passing away from medical complications of the wound.

Deputy Lawrence was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served in law enforcement for a total of 26 years before he was shot. He was survived by his three sons and a daughter.

Night Watchman Friend Ives Stone
Carlin Police Department


End of Watch: Wednesday, September 25, 1907

Night Watchman Fred Stone succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when his service revolver accidentally discharged. Watchman Stone and the city's deputy constable were in the local railroad yards observing three suspicious tramps.

In an effort to sneak up on the men, Watchman Stone was crawling beneath a railroad car. As he did so his service revolver dropped from its holster and discharged, with the round striking him in the chest.

A doctor was called to the location and he was immediately put on a train for Elko. He was taken to Bolling Hospital where he died the following day.

Watchman Stone had served with the Carlin Police Department for only six months. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Sergeant Travis H. Maki
Elko County Sheriff's Office


End of Watch: Saturday, November 29, 1997


Sergeant Travis Maki was killed after falling from a freeway overpass while setting out flares at a traffic accident. Sergeant Maki was placing the flares at the accident on I-80 when he jumped out of the way of an oncoming truck coming through the thick fog. He fell approximately 65 feet, landing headfirst, and was killed instantly.

Sergeant Maki had served with the Elko County Sheriff's Office for 10 years.