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Town Marshal Hiram Bates | Coal Creek Police Department, Colorado Coal Creek Police Department, Colorado

Town Marshal

Hiram Bates

Coal Creek Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, November 6, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 17 to 20 years

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Town Marshal Hiram Bates was shot and killed while attempting to breakup a disturbance at a mining camp at approximately 1:00 am.

A group of miners had been drinking and creating a disturbance at the camp and Marshal Bates was called to the scene. As he attempted to clear the area he was shot once in the neck by a man armed with a .44 caliber revolver.

The subject who shot Marshal Bates was arrested by a deputy and the county sheriff and taken to jail in Canon City. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 17 to 20 years in prison.

Marshal Bates had only recently been appointed to the position. He was unmarried.

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Marshal Bates, what a tough job you had! But, you did your duty, even though you knew the risk. Your name and your commitment are still remembered and always will be. I'm also very grateful for the work of the sheriff and deputy who brought your assailant to justice. Keep watching over us.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
April 18, 2017


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