March 12, 1874 - October 24, 1903
The 29-year-old victim, James D. Snipes, and another officer were passing through the crime-ridden area of west 24th Street near the Weber River. In the darkness, they encountered a railroad employee who had just been paid. Fearing that the two officers were robbers, the man opened fire on them without warning. Officer Snipes was struck in the abdomen. His partner was shot in the hand. Officer Snipes died the following day, 24 hours before his distraught wife gave birth to their second child. A formal inquest into the incident absolved the citizen of blame. Officer Snipes is buried in Ogden City Cemetery.