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Cochise County Sheriff Dever killed in truck rollover

Cochise County lawman Larry Dever, was killed when his pickup truck rolled over in Coconino County on Tuesday night, a spokeswoman said.

Dever, 60, was "fatally wounded" in an accident around 7 p.m. near Williams, confirmed Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office in a news release just after 1 a.m.

Around 6:40 p.m., Dever — who was in the area on a family camping and hunting trip — was driving a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck on a dirt Forest Serve Road near White Horse Lake, according to a Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Another vehicle was following Dever, but the driver lost sight of him for a brief period, CCSO's Gerry Blair said in a news release.

The driver of the second vehicle "saw what appeared to be a cloud of dust, and as he came closer he learned that the vehicle had rolled over and was resting on its wheels," Blair said.

Dever "lost control of his vehicle," which left the road, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels, Blair said.

Speaking to emergency dispatchers, the man said "he did not detect any signs of life from the single occupant of the vehicle."

Deputies and medical personnel determined Dever died on the scene, Blair said.

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"The Dever family is aware that many will want to make contact with the family to express their condolences, however, they request that no calls be made to them at their personal residence," Capas said.

The longtime sheriff, a Republican, was running unopposed for what have been his fifth term.

The sheriff was nationally known for his hardline stance on border enforcement and immigration issues.

Dever was first elected in 1996, after serving 20 years in the Sheriff's Office.

The St. David native is survived by his wife, Nancy, six sons, five daughters-in-law and 11 grandchildren.

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Sep 19, 2012, 8:55 am
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Wishing peaceful hearts and loving memories to his family and friends as they grieve this loss.

Sep 19, 2012, 7:45 am
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Very sad, and somewhat surprising. Even though it’s always very possible, you don’t typically think of a sitting politician being killed in a car accident.

Though I never met him personally, his sound bytes always sounded great to me. We need a guy like this in Southern Arizona.

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Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever