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Night Marshal William Shea | Victor Police Department, Colorado Victor Police Department, Colorado

Night Marshal

William Shea

Victor Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, August 11, 1895

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Night Marshal William Shea was shot and killed by one of two brothers, who also served as Teller County sheriff's deputies, in retaliation for the arrest and disarming of one of the brothers.

The arrested brother had been involved in a train robbery with several other men. After his initial release he obtained a Winchester rifle and setup an ambush. As Marshal Shea escorted an unrelated prisoner to jail the brothers shot him and then fled.

The shooter was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. His brother was acquitted.

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Marshal Shea, you were just doing your duty, right to the end. No finer legacy can be left by any officer. And, here it is, 122 years later, and your name and service are still honored. Keep watching over us.

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

 

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