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Deputy Game Warden Charles B. Peyton | Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana

Deputy Game Warden

Charles B. Peyton

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana

End of Watch: Sunday, October 18, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Game Warden Charles Peyton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two Native Americans for hunting without a license in the Seeley-Swan Valley.

He had gone out on a patrol of the valley and encountered a hunting camp where numerous deer were being cured. Upon speaking with a boy at the camp who spoke English, it was determined one of the men did not have a hunting licenses and that another had harvested more deer than his license allowed. Two of the party were not at the camp, so Warden Peyton told them he would return in the morning.

As he and a deputized civilian returned to the camp, they discovered that the hunting party was packing up the camp. When he approached one of the men in the group they exchanged words and Warden Peyton attempted to explain that two of the men were under arrest for hunting violations. At some point shots were exchanged and Warden Peyton was fatally wounded. The deputized civilian returned fire, killing one of the subjects. Three other members of the hunting party were killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Game Warden Peyton had served as a Montana game warden for two years. He was survived by his wife, three children, mother, and sister.

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Warden Peyton,
On today, the 111th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Montana.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
October 18, 2017

 

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