PoliceOne Staff Report (TWIN FALLS, Idaho) -- A memorial service for two deputies shot to death while trying to execute a warrant to search a house for drugs will be held Tuesday at The College of Southern Idaho here.
Jerome County Deputy Sheriff’s Cpl. James Moulson, 30, and Cpl. Phillip Anderson, 23, will be eulogized at the 1 p.m. service in the college’s gymnasium and their remains will be transported for burial in cemeteries in Twin Falls and Boise, a department spokeswoman said.
The two officers were killed in a gun battle Jan. 3 in the small town of Eden, located about 10 miles east of Twin Falls, after they attempted to search the home of George Timothy Williams, 47. Williams was also killed in the shootout after lawmen returned fire.
Moulson and Anderson, who were K-9 officers with the department, became the first deputies killed in the line of duty in the county since 1925. Published reports said that the officers were wearing bullet proof vests at the time of their deaths. Nancy Howell, a spokeswoman for the Jerome County Sheriff’s Department, said Moulson was married and the father of a nine month old baby. Anderson was not married, authorities said.
The shootings have stunned the department and the state.
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne issued a statement calling the deaths a “terrible tragedy” and fellow officers have covered their shields with black cloth in their memory.
At the Jerome County Jail, officers created a table-top shrine in memory of the slain officers, with flowers and cards surrounding pictures of Anderson and Moulson.
Howell said that Kempthorne and Jerome County Sheriff Jim Weaver will attend the service and speak.
At press time Weaver had not been able to return a telephone call for comment.
Doug Maughan, public information director at the college, said that about 700 uniformed officers are expected to attend the memorial service.
Howell said that following the service, Moulson will be buried in Twin Falls and Anderson in Boise. In addition, another memorial service for Anderson will be held Thursday at Kuna High School, located outside of Boise, she said.