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Sheriff Russell J. Sage | Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, Montana Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, Montana

Sheriff

Russell J. Sage

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 6, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Found not guilty by reason of insanity

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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.

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Didn't know you but your son was THE MOST important person in my life growing up!

Russ
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August 8, 2017

 

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