Deputy Sheriff Robert Widdowfield

Deputy Sheriff Robert Widdowfield

Carbon County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

End of Watch Monday, August 19, 1878

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Robert Widdowfield

Deputy Sheriff Robert Widdowfield and Special Agent Henry Vincents, of the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, were shot and killed from ambush while pursuing a suspected train robber in Carbon, Wyoming. The officers were ambushed and shot as they approached the suspect's campsite.

The suspect was later arrested and sentenced to death for the murders. Before being executed he was lynched by an angry mob.

Deputy Sheriff Widdowfield had been deputized that day to join a posse to search for the suspect. He is buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

ambush, robbery

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Sir Thank You for your contribution to the people of your city (railroad). I didn't know Union Station Police Officers were a thing! That's incredible, I looked it up on the internet and nothing comes up. You are special sir, not only for protecting lives like all law enforcement but also because of your heroism AND story. Rest In Peace on your death anniversary. Today and everyday you are not forgotten, as you are a patriotic hero to your community and others. Thank you sir.

Future Police Officer (14) Garrett Carls
Des Moines Police Department

August 20, 2017

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