Sheriff Silas Ralston

Sheriff Silas Ralston

Gallatin County Sheriff's Department, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, September 5, 1878

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Silas Ralston

Sheriff Silas Ralston was shot and killed as he attempted to stop a quarrel between two men at a saloon in Bozeman. He was killed instantly when one of the men drew a revolver and shot him.

Several witnesses said the suspects revolver discharged accidentally. Others said the killing was intentional. All agreed that the suspect was very intoxicated. He was charged with manslaughter.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Sheriff Ralston,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gallatin County.


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September 5, 2018

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