Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Owen T. Farley died after he was shot driving his suspect's car, 63 years ago today.
A Salt Lake City police memorial describes how on May 23, 1951, Farley was staking out a car parked near 300 S. State Street, one that investigators believed was used in an Ogden robbery. When the 37-year-old Farley spotted Don Jesse Neal and Wilma Tully return to the car, he arrested them.
But Farley's vehicle had vapor-locked – so he loaded the duo into their own car. Farley took the wheel, sat the woman on the front passenger seat and put the handcuffed man between them, according to the memorial.