Marshal Joseph R. Simons

Marshal Joseph R. Simons

Alamosa Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, September 7, 1897

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Joseph R. Simons

Marshal Joseph Simons was accidentally shot and killed by a friend of his while investigating a disturbance.

The friend's home had been broken into earlier and the man had chased the robbers away. The suspects had threatened to return and kill the man. When the victim saw someone approaching he thought it was the men returning to kill him and he opened fire. Instead, it was Marshal Simons coming to investigate the original disturbance. Before Marshal Simons succumbed to his wound he exonerated the man as they had been friends for years.

Marshal Simons was survived by his wife and seven children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Marshal Simons,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 11th Rhode Island Infantry Regiment.


United States Border Patrol

September 7, 2022

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