Type of Officer: Police Officer
Death Date: 3/19/1957
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Officer Coldren and Officer Charles Pierce, in separate cars, responded to bring in a suspect on a trespassing charge. The suspect fled and both officers gave chase. When they stopped the suspect’s car, he exited and held a gun on Officer Pierce. Coldren attempted to apprehend the suspect, and in a struggle, he was shot. Before he died, Coldren returned the fire, hitting his assailant four times and killing him.