sheriff’s deputy found dead

By Jim Stanford on December 6, 2011


Jackson police are investigating the death of a sheriff’s deputy, Edwin R. Fourre, whose body was found today at a home in Hoback Junction.

Authorities found Fourre dead from a single gunshot wound, according to a press release. He worked in the court services division of the sheriff’s office.

Jackson Police Lt. Bob Gilliam issued the following release:

At 10:04 AM today, Teton County deputies responded to a residence on S. Palmer Creek Drive in Hoback Junction to check the welfare of one of their deputies. The deputy, Edwin R. Fourre, age 49, had failed to report for his assigned shift this morning in the Court Services division of the sheriff’s office. Upon arrival, deputies found Fourre, deceased from a single gunshot wound.

Sheriff Jim Whalen requested the Jackson Police Department conduct the investigation. Detectives from the Jackson Police Department and Teton County Coroner Kiley Campbell responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. An autopsy is pending as well as an evaluation of evidence collected at the scene.

There is no further information at this time and the investigation is continuing.

Update 12/7: Police suspect the gunshot wound was self-inflicted but can’t say for certain. They have sent evidence to the state crime lab for analysis, but don’t expect a response for at least two weeks. No foul play is suspected.


Posted under Crime, Deaths

10 Comments so far

  1. Chuck December 7, 2011 6:41 am

    Ed was such an easy going decent guy. He will be missed.

  2. Jake December 7, 2011 7:09 am
  3. js December 7, 2011 1:58 pm

    Sad indeed. From today’s News&Guide:

    “The Fourre family has experienced tragedy in the past.

    In August 2003, Fourre hit and killed his 18-month old son, Cooper, while moving his Ford F250 in the driveway of his then Cottonwood Park home to wash a car.

    His wife had been watching the toddler before she went to get a hose, police said at the time. Neither knew Cooper had wandered into the driveway in front of the truck when Fourre went to move for ward to wash another vehicle.”

  4. dave December 7, 2011 3:10 pm

    rest in peace

  5. L December 8, 2011 1:56 pm

    Js, that’s really innappropriate. This is a great tragedy just like that was. Give them space without bringing up the past. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed.

  6. Rob Weinstein December 8, 2011 8:34 pm

    Being thorough =\= being inappropriate. I hope you wrote the NaG the same comment, ‘L.’

  7. joe December 9, 2011 2:10 pm

    thoroughly inapproriate seems to say it all

  8. bill December 9, 2011 2:11 pm

    he was a nice guy who had too heavy a burden to carry. Rest in Peace.

  9. Dale December 9, 2011 7:32 pm

    Services are Saturday at the Presbyterian Church.

  10. G Mc December 27, 2011 6:59 pm

    went to HS with Ed – easy going back then as well (i guess he never changed)

    rest in peace my friend

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