Sheriff Russell J. Sage

Sheriff Russell J. Sage

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1926

Russell J. Sage

Sheriff Sage was shot and killed and a deputy was seriously wounded by a demented prisoner as they entered his cell. The suspect had a pistol that officers failed to find when they incarcerated him the night before on a disturbance charge. The suspect escaped but was recaptured minutes later and charged with murder.

The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity on November 22, 1926.

Sheriff Sage had served as sheriff for 5 years and had previously served as a police officer for the Billings Police Department for 4 years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Found not guilty by reason of insanity

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He was my grandfather but I never met him because I was born many years after his death. My mother used to tell me many stories about him and I would liked to have met him.

Neal Smith

June 29, 2018

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