SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY EXCLUSIVELY FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJORS!
JAMES A. WIER ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
To honor the late James A. Wier, a former student at Metropolitan State College of Denver who was killed in the line of duty as a patrolman with the Denver Police Department, by providing financial assistance to MSU Denver students majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
On the night of June 3, 1987, Officer James Wier and Officer Jimmy Gose were dispatched to 40 S. Pennsylvania Street for a "man-with-a-gun" call. As the officers arrived at the home, they could see a man, later identified as Charles Tarr, behind the door with a rifle or shotgun in his hands. The officers went for cover, James Wier crouching behind a three-foot stucco wall and Jimmy Gose behind a car, just before Charles Tarr opened fire. As James Wier rose up from behind cover to return fire the third time, Charles Tarr shot him fatally in the head. Jimmy Gose called for back-up, which arrived within minutes, however, before the mayhem was over, Sergeants Ronald Samson and Peter Diaz were also wounded, Ronald Samson serously. Charles Tarr finally ended his "war" by turning his gun on himself.
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