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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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 105th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 8, 2013

 

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