Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years, 4 months
Badge # 4
Incident Date: 1/11/1794
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Marshal Robert Forsyth was shot and killed while he attempted to serve civil papers on a man.
The suspect and his brother had holed up in an upstairs bedroom. As Marshal Forsyth attempted to gain access to the room, the man told him not to come any closer. At the same time, the suspect fired a shot through an opening in the door, fatally wounding Marshal Forsyth.
After being arrested, the man twice escaped from jail, fled the state, and was never recaptured.
One of the brothers died in Kentucky in 1817, and the second died in Georgia in 1826.
Marshal Forsyth had served with the agency for over four years as well as in the American Revolutionary War and was survived by his wife and two sons. He is buried in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.