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Once-Deported Illegal Alien Kills Female Deputy

Once-Deported Illegal Alien Kills Female Deputy

The Salt Lake City Tribune

January 05, 2010

The fallen deputy has been identified as Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox of the Millard County Sheriff’s Office.

Update: Millard Country Sheriff Robert A. Dekker has informed the media that the shooter, Roberto Miramontes Roman, is a Mexican national, has been previously arrested for theft charges and has been previously deported from the United States as an illegal immigrant.

A Millard County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed early Tuesday, and a statewide manhunt for the suspect may have narrowed down to a few blocks of west Salt Lake City.

Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox was gunned down about 1 a.m., during a traffic stop a mile east of Delta. Her body was found by a second deputy, who was responding to a request for backup. Fix, a mother of two, had been with the Millard County Sheriff’s Department five years.

Related: Manhunt for Fugitive After Utah Officer’s Murder

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur identified the “prime suspect” sought in the shooting as Roberto Miramontes Roman. He is described as a 37-year-old Latino, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox

Roman is possibly armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, and is considered dangerous. Anyone with information on Roman’s whereabouts is urged to immediately call 911.

“We have information that he’s not going to be taken alive,” Nigbur said.

Roman has a significant criminal history, including drug offenses, and a court-ordered illegal-immigration-related deportation.

Millard County officials said the suspect vehicle, an orange Corvette, had been stopped as part of an investigation into recent thefts. The suspect had sped away from the scene by the time the second deputy arrived.

The search the suspect quickly focused to Salt Lake City, where police found a vehicle — believed to be the Corvette — near 300 South and 1100 West. Police also were keeping a lookout for Advertisement a gray 1995 Cadillac Deville, license plate number 713-PAB, that the suspect may now be driving.

By 7 a.m., SWAT officers were seen in the area of 300 South and 1100 West. Police would not confirm that they may have located the suspect, though it appeared a containment area was being set up. Two local schools — Guadalupe and Franklin — were closed and traffic through the area blocked while officers went door-to-door, searching for the suspect.

Nigbur said three SWAT teams were deployed in the area, focusing on “two or three” homes believed to be occupied by relatives of the suspect. No neighborhood evacuations were immediately ordered, however.

Roman has a criminal history beginning in 1992 with a misdemeanor drug distribution charge to which he pleaded guilty in Fillmore’s 4th District Court.

Then in 1996 and 1997, Roman was charged in Millard County with a handful of felonies in two different cases, including drug charges, receiving stolen property and a weapons count.

He resolved the cases by pleading guilty to one count of third-degree felony drug possession and one count of second-degree felony drug possession with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to prison for up to 15 years in June 1997.

Roman was paroled Sept. 15, 1998, and apparently completed his parole successfully, according to Utah Board of Pardons and Parole spokesman Jim Hatch.

Court records show that at the time the crimes were committed, Roman was a resident of Delta. All three cases were investigated by the Millard County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, in Millard County, law enforcement ordered closure of U.S. 50 in both directions just east of Delta as their investigation into the slaying got under way this morning. The road has since been reopened, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

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    bfriskey

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    GODSPEED MY FRIEND... Condolences to all Family and Friends ...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    has this guy been caught yet/

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    RescueNanny

    over 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    Another loss of life that didn't have to happen. In 2005 we had an officer killed in Huntsville by an illegal immigrant (Mexico) and last year two teenagers were killed when they were hit by a drunk driver and their car caught on fire....also by an illegal immigrant (Mexico). I thought our new president was going to get tougher on illegals or are we just going to allow them to continue to take innocent lives like this deputy's?
    My prayers and sympathies go out to her family, especially her children who now have to live without a mom.

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    bluesclue4u

    over 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    We are all having problems right now,and this Officer even dealt with Juveniles on hard times,that is a true feeling.What is even more true in more ways than one is how you Fellow Officers took that move and found those victims. I will say a Prayer today for you Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox, and Pray that your family lives a safe life keeping you in mind every day. Good Work Fellows "Simple 5".

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "trubullitt" You sir...are definetly one of Americas' FINEST..!!
    Please take my word for it..!!
    From one patriot to another...!!
    And as I posted earlier; Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox..May you forever find Heavenly Peace with GOD the Father and Christ Jesus our LORD and Savior..... Amen'

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    Lilly_C

    over 4 years ago

    1080 Comments

    This is so sad.
    My prayers go out to her and her family.

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    depgomez

    over 4 years ago

    692 Comments

    RIP sister; Lets get this S_B

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    ajreid

    over 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    RIP may God Bless your family and your department Where there is VALOR there is HOPE.

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    daredad

    over 4 years ago

    104 Comments

    From your picture it is evident you loved your work. You stand tall and proud. May you, and your family know we stand proud with you. "GREATHER LOVE HATH NO MAN (WOMAN) THAN TO LAY DOWN HIS (HER) LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS." JOHN 15:13
    God Bless You and all who serve!!!

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    Lighthouse23

    over 4 years ago

    174 Comments

    May God bless her family and Dept.

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    RebelKB475

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    RIP Sister, and thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Another illegal immigrant committing a heinous act. These people need to be gone fro good!

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    Swatdog381

    over 4 years ago

    160 Comments

    R.I.P Sister. God bless the family and department in this tough time.

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    HCSO531

    over 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    R.I.P. Deputy Fox and I hope that these two POS dont last long on our earth... Let them rot in hell

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    This is truly unfortunate for the family of the officer and the department. R.I.P. Officer Fox and god bless your family.
    Shame on you Trubullit or anyone else for posting something like that on a post about an officer down.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    OK, folks, the point being is that we pray for our lost sister-at-arms.

    My heart goes out to Deputy Fox's family, and the fine people she has served with. In addition, we absolutely need to curb illegal aliens entering this country, and get the politicians to not provide free room and board to these illegals - prevention can go a long way to a cure.
    Now, please, catch this S.O.B.

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