Richard C. Edstrom



Date of hire

1951-05-21 00:00


Corporal Edstrom was wounded September 19, 1959, during a gun battle with three fugitives from Aztec, New Mexico. The fleeing car crashed through a Durango roadblock on U.S. 550. The chase was terminated when the wanted car went down a dead-end alley. Walter Duncan and Barbara Foster jumped out with their hands up. However, J.L. West ran and Edstrom stopped him as he tried to get into another car. During the ensuing gun battle, Edstrom was hit twice. Captain Garnand and Officer Stephens of the Durango Police Department opened fire, hitting West five times. He died instantly. Edstrom was hospitalized at Mercy Hospital in Durango and died on October 28, 1959.

Memorial service information

Interment: Green Mountain Cemetery, Durango, Colorado  Block 9, Southeast Half, Lot 2

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