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Sergeant Lauriston Stewart | Leadville Police Department, Colorado Leadville Police Department, Colorado

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Lauriston Stewart

Leadville Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 1880

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/17/1880

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Pardoned in 1897

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Sergeant Stewart and Officer John Carville were shot and killed while chasing a suspect who had brandished a gun at a local store. Officer Carville and another officer had responded to the initial report and as they entered the store the suspect fired at them, wounding Officer Carville. The second officer chased the suspect out of the store and engaged him in a running shootout. Sergeant Stewart, who was nearby and heard the commotion, also began to chase the suspect. The man suddenly pulled out a second revolver and shot Sergeant Stewart three times.
Officer Carville succumbed to his injuries the following day. Sergeant Stewart succumbed to his injuries five days later.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted of two counts of first degree murder, and sentenced to life. He was granted executive clemency and released from prison in 1897.

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