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.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

ambush, robbery

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

August 19, 2020

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