Sheriff Samuel M. Bliss « Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Sheriff Samuel M. Bliss

Died on April 23, 1945

Age 70
Carbon County Sheriff’s Office
Accidental: Shooting

Sheriff Bliss was shot and killed while attempting to capture a murder suspect. Following the murder of a local rancher, the 56-year-old sheriff and a posse cornered the mentally deranged suspect in a wash near Price. After a brief exchange of gunfire, Sheriff Bliss attempted to approach the suspect. While moving into position, was accidentally shot by a member of his posse. The suspect was also killed. Sheriff Bliss was an 18-year veteran of law enforcement and past president of the Utah Peace Officers Association. Survived by his wife and two children, he is buried in Price City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by Weber County Lt. Art Haney.

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4 responses to “Sheriff Samuel M. Bliss”

  1. […] County Sheriff SAMUEL M. BLISS, 70, was accidentally shot to death in 1945 by members of his own posse during a gun battle with a […]

  2. Ed dyer says:

    Sheriff Bliss is my great uncle . I too am a retired under sheriff with the mineral county sheriffs office . Anyone interested in contacting me can find my name in the Fallon Nevada phone book .

  3. Janet says:

    Ed, can you contact ULEM for information about your uncle? janet.thorsted [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Abbey says:

    My mom was always in awe of her father–my grandpa. From her description, he was a tough man, she almost feared him but she really loved him and talked about him often. I wish I could have met him.

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