Thomas R. Carpenter



Date of hire

1968-04-22 00:00


Patrolman Carpenter stopped a 1964 Chevrolet on the Westbound ramp from Broadway onto Colorado 36 on December 27, 1973. A physical altercation developed between Carpenter and the occupants. It is believed Carpenter was kidnapped and his service weapon taken from him. At 10:00 a.m., he gave his location as Interstate 70 and Havana, eight miles out of his assigned area. Shortly after this, Carpenter and his Patrol car were found in a Montbello parking lot. Carpenter had been shot four times with his own weapon from the back seat of the Patrol car. No one was charged with the murder, and the case is considered closed. The two prime suspects were killed in non-related violent altercations.

Memorial service information

Interment: Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Grand Junction, Colorado Block H, Lot 36, Grave Space 8

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