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Marshal Franklin Dean | Mancos Police Department, Colorado Mancos Police Department, Colorado

Marshal

Franklin Dean

Mancos Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Monday, October 9, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1941

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Marshal Franklin Dean was shot and killed with his own weapon after arresting a man for being drunk and disorderly.

He had told the man to go home earlier in the night. The man then returned to town and told several townspeople he had a gun. Marshal Dean was called back and arrested the man. As he unlocked the jail cell to place the suspect in, the man struck him in the side of the head, took his revolver, and then shot him.

The 74-year-old suspect was later arrested, convicted of murder, and executed in the gas chamber on June 20th, 1941. He holds the record for the oldest person executed in Colorado.

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I remember my Mother's recollection of Grandpa Dean (Lynn's father) calling for life imprisonment for the killer. He though that was far worse punishment than death.

Pamela Rider Meares
Grand niece
May 24, 2016

 

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