Sergeant Lauriston Stewart

Sergeant Lauriston Stewart

Leadville Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, July 22, 1880

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Lauriston Stewart

Sergeant Stewart and Officer John Carville were shot and killed while chasing a suspect who had brandished a gun at a local store. Officer Carville and another officer had responded to the initial report and as they entered the store the suspect fired at them, wounding Officer Carville. The second officer chased the suspect out of the store and engaged him in a running shootout. Sergeant Stewart, who was nearby and heard the commotion, also began to chase the suspect. The man suddenly pulled out a second revolver and shot Sergeant Stewart three times.
Officer Carville succumbed to his injuries the following day. Sergeant Stewart succumbed to his injuries five days later.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted of two counts of first degree murder, and sentenced to life. He was granted executive clemency and released from prison in 1897.

Sergeant Stewart was survived by his wife and two sons. He was a Union Civil War Veteran.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 17, 1880
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1897

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Officer Carville, on this 140th anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure, we say thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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