Detective Owen T. Farley

Detective Owen T. Farley

End of Watch: 

May 23, 1951

Age: 37
Salt Lake City Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Detective Owen T. Farley was shot and killed by a robbery suspect. 

Detective Farley had staked out a car parked near 300 South State, which investigators believed was used in an Ogden robbery. When a man and a woman returned to the vehicle, Detective Farley arrested them. Because his police car had vapor-locked, the suspect’s car was used for transportation. The male suspect was handcuffed and placed in the middle of the front seat, with the female passenger on his right. As Detective Farley was driving northbound near 260 South State, the male suspect secured a handgun hidden in the seat and shot Detective Farley in the stomach. Detective Farley died a short time later at a hospital. The male suspect was found hiding in a business at 500 S. Main. The female suspect was arrested in a Wendover hotel room. She testified against the male suspect, who was subsequently executed by firing squad in 1955. Detective Farley was married and the father of three children. He is buried in Heber City Cemetery. 

The bronze memorial name plaque of Detective Owen T. Farley is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Police Sergeants Association.

Fallen Officers