Fox is a 5-year veteran of the Millard County Sheriff's Office who was killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
According to Millard Country Sheriff Robert A. Dekker, a sergeant called in a report of two cars thought to be involved in a theft investigation.
According to Dekker, Fox responded and went after an orange Corvette, while the sergeant went after a grey Cadillac.
The sergeant lost contact with the Cadillac, which was located at a home in Nephi hours later, abandoned.
The sergeant then responded to a call from Fox for back-up where she had pulled the Corvette over on Highway 50, about a mile east of Delta. When the sergeant arrived at the traffic stop, he found Fox dead in the middle of the highway. She had been shot in the neck, just above the bulletproof vest she was wearing.
Josie Fox is survived by her husband and two children. Her husband was out of town on business and was on his way back to Utah by Tuesday morning.
"It's a sad day for for us here in Millard County," said Dekker. "We've lost a loved one; a close friend. It's a deep loss. She was a peach."
The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Roberto Miramontes Roman. Dekker says Roman has been convicted on drug charges before. A search of state court records revealed that Roman had been arrested for theft charges in which police say he received stolen weapons as well.
Dekker also said Roman is a Mexican national who was in the country illegally. Dekker also said Roman had been deported once before, but had returned to Utah.
Police also released the name of 36-year-old Ruben Chavez Reyes as a second person of interest in the shooting on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Millard County Sheriff’s Office.
Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.
Utah Peace Officers Association Statement
At about 0100hrs. this morning, while carrying out the duties as a Utah Law Enforcement Officer, Deputy Josie Fox (Millard County Sheriff’s Office) was fatally wounded during a traffic stop near the city of Delta.
The Utah Peace Officers Association, along with its sworn membership statewide, sends its condolences and best wishes to the family of Deputy Fox, Sheriff Robert A. Dekker, his staff, and the residents of the Millard County area.
The untimely death of any Utah Law Enforcement professional assuredly brings about a profound sadness and creates a void in the agency in which the officer serves. We will become as one, and buoy-up those who are grieving for Deputy Fox; her family, co-workers, and friends.
Deputy Fox becomes Utah’s 129th police officer to pay the ultimate sacrifice for the peace and safety we, as a State, enjoy. Deputy Fox is only the second woman to die in the line-of-duty (with the remaining 127 names being men).
Deputy Fox will be honored at the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, slated for the first week in May 2010. The newly constructed $1.3M memorial was recently dedicated (2008). Her name, on a bronze plaque, will be added to this memorial wall at that time.
For further information about fallen officers, the UPOA, and how we honor our own, please contact us at anytime. Or visit the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (ULEM) website at: http://www.utahsfallen.com.
Deputy Fox, you are now needed for duty back “home”. You lived your life with distinction. You served with pride. You will be remembered with honor. Rest easy friend…………
-Statement from Corporal Aaron D. Rosen, P.I.O./Chaplain
Governor Herbert's statement on Josie Fox
SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding the death of Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.
“Millard County, and the entire State of Utah, suffered a devastating loss with this tragic, early-morning shooting. By all accounts, Deputy Fox was an officer who loved her job and was proud to serve her community. She was an asset to her community, and a true hero to the State of Utah.
Jeanette and I offer our deepest condolences to Deputy Fox’s family, particularly her husband and two children. We also grieve with Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker and the entire Millard County Sheriff’s Office, who continue, even in these difficult times, to put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.”
Governor Herbert has ordered that flags at all state offices be lowered until sunset on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in honor of Deputy Fox.
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's statement on the killing of Josie Fox
“As the Attorney General, I know I speak for all Utahns who sleep safely in their beds how much we appreciate the police officers and deputy sheriffs who are vigilantly protecting our communities. Last night Millard County Sheriff's Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox was required to pay the ultimate price that is expected of our protectors.
My deepest condolences to Josie's husband and her two children. My office will contribute whatever resources that are requested by local authorities engaged in the manhunt. It will be a sad day this fall when we gather to add Deputy Fox's name to the Utah Peace Officer Memorial as only the second woman to be murdered in the line of duty. One of Josie's Police Academy instructors told me this morning how well he remembered her zeal and dedication even though it had been five years since she graduated from the Academy.
The suspect is believed to be an illegal immigrant who has repeatedly entered the United States unlawfully and has a significant criminal history which includes prior weapons charges. Deputy Fox died protecting her own town of Delta and the people she loved. As Attorney General, I pledge continued efforts to provide law enforcement with the necessary legal support to bring this killer and others to justice.”
-Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General