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Special Agent Jess L. Sitton | Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Jess L. Sitton

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Saturday, March 4, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Wyoming

Incident Date: 3/2/1922

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Special Agent Jess Sitton was shot while chasing a burglary suspect through a rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The suspect was hiding behind a pile of railroad ties, and fired at the light from Agent Sitton's flashlight. One of the shots struck Agent Sitton. He was taken to the hospital where he died two days later.

Special Agent Sitton had been with the agency for six months and was survived by his wife and son. He is buried in lot 1501, section A, Lakeview Cemetery, Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming.

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I first learned of the death of Agent Jess Sitton a couple of years ago, while researching my grandfathers activities in Rock River, Wyo. After returning from WWI my grandfather moved to Rock River to to work and homestead. He was also an Agent for the UPRR. Rock River is about 75 miles down the tracks from Cheyenne. I have often wondered if he might have known Agent Sitton. They were contemporaries (1922). He was certainly aware of Agent Sitton's murder as it was reported extensively in Wyoming newspapers.

Prior to his taking the job with the UPRR, Agent Sitton had been a Sheriff in Sidney, Neb. Sitton's killer was never identifies. Further information on this incident may be found on the UPRR Museum website and in contemporary newspaper reports, which may also be found online.

Agent Jess Sitton I honor you for your service and sacrifice. We who have followed you and all those you stood with, owe you for all we have. Thank you and godspeed.

Investigator Kris Nelsen (retired)
Bishop Police Department, California
March 18, 2016


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