Town Marshal Hyram Smith Peterson

Town Marshal Hyram Smith Peterson

Mesa Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, November 12, 1913

Hyram Smith Peterson

Town Marshal Hyram Peterson was shot and killed by a theft suspect while on duty.

He observed two men attempting to steal a bicycle and he gave chase on his own bicycle. He was shot by the two men when he caught them at the edge of town. Both men were eventually apprehended.

Marshal Peterson had been the town marshal for five years. He was survived by his wife and children and is buried in the City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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It has been 105 years since the death of this great man's selfless sacrifice. May all officers show the courage and bravery he showed. Let them also be blessed to not have to give what he gave.

Thank you Town Marshal Hyram Smith Peterson.

Sgt. Blaine Waters
Mesa Police Department

November 12, 2018

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