Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(406) 859-6536

Game Warden Eugene Sara

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks

Department Patch

Game Warden Eugene Sara and Chief of Police Don Williams, of the Thompson Falls Police Department, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call. The suspect had shot Chief Williams and stolen his weapon. As Warden Sara and his partner arrived at the scene the suspect opened fire on them, mortally wounding Warden Sara. Both game wardens were able to return fire, killing the suspect. Warden Sara's wife was working as a dispatcher on the night of the incident and dispatched the officers on the call. Warden Sara was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for 16 years. His wife and children survived him.

End of Watch:
January 7, 1974
On the Force:
16 years