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Guard Frank L. Russell | Montana Department of Corrections - State Prison, Montana Montana Department of Corrections - State Prison, Montana

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Frank L. Russell

Montana Department of Corrections - State Prison, Montana

End of Watch: Saturday, January 22, 1938

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Age: 58

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Guard Frank Russell was accidentally shot and killed at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

On the morning of January 22nd, 1938, Guard Russell was proceeding to his duty station while transporting two rifles and a bag carrying ammunition and a .45 caliber Colt revolver. The hammer of the revolver was positioned on a live round, instead of on an empty chamber.

As Guard Russell entered tower number 4 (his duty station) he dropped the bag on the floor. When the bag hit the ground the Colt fired and the bullet struck Guard Russell in the head. He died approximately 15 minutes later.

Guard Russell was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Your sacrifice for our Great State will always be remembered.

Leroy Kirkegard, Warden
Montana State Prison
May 8, 2014

 

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