Marshal Baxter Stingley

Marshal Baxter Stingley

Salida Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1883

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Baxter Stingley

Marshal Baxter Stingley was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who were wanted for stealing cattle. As Marshal Stingley approached the two men with his gun drawn, one of them grabbed his gun and shot him three times.

The suspect escaped and was never apprehended. There is speculation that the shooter was Billy the Kid. Marshal Stingley's deputy, Deputy Hugh Holmes, is said to have chased Billy the Kid to California after the shooting, but was unable to apprehend him.

Six months earlier, Marshal Stingley was shot and almost fatally wounded in the line of duty.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Marshal Stingley:
In their old age, your sister, Rachel Olive Stingley (my great grandmother), and your sister, Martha Martitia Stingley, passed enough of your story to my very young father to keep your legend alive. It was an honor to make a pilgrimage to Salida to walk where you served and gave your life. Your sacrifice was not in vain. May God’s grace allow all who serve others His Presence and council.

D.C., Civilian
Great-Great Nephew

November 16, 2021

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