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

arrest attempt, larceny

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Marshal Stingley,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Salida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 28, 2023

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