Officer Adolph F. Bush

Died on September 19, 1967

Age 27
Ute Tribal Police
Homicide: Rifle

Officer Bush was shot to death while investigating a report of domestic violence. The 27-year-old officer was dispatched to a home in Randlett. Upon arrival, a female victim told Officer Bush that her husband had struck her during an argument. When Officer Bush located the suspect in a bedroom, the suspect shot him with a .30-30 rifle. After Officer Bush fell, the suspect shot him again. The suspect then used the radio in the police vehicle to announce the crime. He was still talking on the radio when arrested by responding officers. The suspect was charged in federal court, but U.S. Judge Willis Ritter systematically undermined the prosecution’s case until it was forced to dismiss all charges. Officer Bush was married and the father of two small children. He is buried in John Harmes Cemetery, in Whiterocks. His bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Ute Indian Tribe.


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3 responses to “Officer Adolph F. Bush”

  1. BL Smith says:

    We at the Utah Fallen are looking for contact information for Officer Bush’s family and relatives. If anyone can help us with this (it is kept confidential and only used to contact family when events related to Utah’s Fallen Officer events occur)it would be greatly appreciated.

    My contact information is BL Smith Sandy City Police 10000 South Centennial Parkway, Sandy Utah 84070 801 568-7240.

  2. Robert Wallis says:

    This is my grandfather and may he Rest In Peace….

  3. Lauriann G. Yazzie says:

    Good Afternoon, my name is Lauriann Greyeyes-Yazzie, the niece of Adolph. My mother Viola Annabelle Bush was the last surviving sibling and has since passed last year. She would be the one to attend the ceremonies that included her brother. My uncle does have three surviving children but I do not know of their address at the moment. I do know his oldest Ada has been to several ceremonies and you may have her information on file. Contact me at 435-725-4952, my work number if you are needing more information. Thank-you.

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