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Chief Marshal Robert Gaston | Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Chief Marshal

Robert Gaston

Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, August 18, 1893

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/12/1892

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief Marshal Robert Gaston succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained eight months earlier while he and the mayor attempted to arrest a man who had threatened the mayor's life.

The subject's brother had sent a telegram to the mayor alerting him to the threat and notifying him that the subject had gone to Aiken. The mayor informed Chief Gaston and the two proceeded to a saloon where the subject had gone. They encountered the man who stated he would submit to arrest. As they walked out of the business the man suddenly produced a revolver and shot the mayor. He then shot Chief Gaston in the chest as the chief struck him with a club.

The mayor and Chief Gaston both returned fire, killing the subject. The mayor succumbed to his wounds two days later. Chief Gaston remained in very poor health for several months before returning to work. His health suddenly declined again and he passed away on August 18th, 1893.

Chief Gaston had served with the Aiken Police Department for approximately three years.

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I am privileged to be the first to leave a reflection here to honor and Thank You Chief Marshal Robert Gaston for you service to our country.

We are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday Chief Marshal Gaston

Thank you for your service to your community and our country.
Your Heroism will never be forgot.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
June 17, 2015

 

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