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Officer Martin Duggan | Leadville Police Department, Colorado Leadville Police Department, Colorado


Martin Duggan

Leadville Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, April 10, 1887

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Martin Duggan was shot and killed from ambush as he stepped out of a saloon on Harrison Avenue in Leadville. The saloon owner was arrested and charged with his murder but was acquitted.

Patrolman Duggan had served as town marshal for 10 years. His unmarked grave was discovered in Denver, Colorado, in September 2005, 117 years after his murder.

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I have produced a full length video on the story of Martin Duggan and his days as Leadville's Marshal in the 1800's before he was murdered in 1888. He was an amazing man who was virtually fearless in bringing law and order to one of the roughest western towns in Colorado history. I was part of the Leadville Assembly who positioned the new grave marker for him at Riverside Cemetery and have always thought his courage deserved to be recognized in video format.

David Wright - private citizen
Colorado Historical Videos
January 15, 2013


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