Police Officer Samuel Prescott

Police Officer Samuel Prescott

Ashland Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, January 24, 1931

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Samuel Prescott

Police Officer Samuel Prescott was shot and killed on Ashland Boulevard after stopping a stolen vehicle being driven by an escapee from Colorado.

The man shot Officer Prescott before fleeing the scene in the vehicle, which he abandoned on the Pacific Highway. A hitchhiker he had previously picked up stayed with the vehicle and assisted officers who were searching for the killer.

The subject was apprehended, convicted of the murder, and subsequently hanged.

Officer Prescott had served with the Ashland Police Department as a traffic officer for over three years.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed

escapee, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Samuel Prescott was Alan J Prescott's brother. He named his oldest son Samuel Prescott who was my father. I never had the pleasure of course of meeting my father's uncle Sam but heard stories and now have his service revolver he carried that day. I'd like to gain a few more pieces of the story then place his revolver in our local museum.

He was my grandfather's brother. My father was named after his un

January 8, 2024

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