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Marshal J. Horace Frisbie | Lamar Police Department, Colorado Lamar Police Department, Colorado

Marshal

J. Horace Frisbie

Lamar Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 26, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Marshal Marshal Frisbie was shot and killed by a man wanted for train robbery in Malta, Colorado, and shooting and robbing the station agent at the Rio Grande Depot in Leadville.

Marshal Frisbie was serving as the Night Marshal when he asked two suspicious acting men what they were doing in front of the Lamar Union Hotel. One of the men replied pulled a gun and fired at Marshal Frisbie. Even though he was struck in the heart, Marshal Frisbie managed to draw his weapon and fire it as he fell to the ground.

Two weeks later a posse trapped the suspect, and a man with him, in a school house in Astor, Kansas, where they shot it out with officers before surrendering.

The suspect was convicted of Marshal Frisbie's murder and sentenced to hang on May 4, 1907. On August 24, 1907, Colorado Governor E. R. Harper commuted his sentence to life in prison at the behest of Marshal Frisbie's widow. The suspect later died during a failed prison escape.

Marshal Frisbie was survived by his wife and three sons and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Lamar.

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