Deputy Marshal James Bathurst

Deputy Marshal James Bathurst

Salida Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, May 30, 1883

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James Bathurst

Deputy Marshal Bathurst was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance involving several drunk miners. As the town marshal attempted to arrest the men he was stabbed. He was able to fire his weapon, killing the man who stabbed him. Another miner then opened fire, wounding the town marshal and killing Deputy Marshal Bathurst and a bystander.

The suspect fled into the mountains where he shot and killed another man who was part of a posse chasing him.

Deputy Bathurst was survived by his wife and son. He was Civil War Veteran who served as a private with the 194th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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You are remembered as one of the brave lawmen who stood up to evil in the days before radios to call for backup. I can't imagine being the ONLY law where you served. I hope your murderer is serving his time in the only place for cop killers, the lowest pit of Hell where Satan's sewer system drains!

Teddy CARR
Civilian ex correctional officer

May 30, 2018

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