Special Deputy Sheriff Jack Allen

Special Deputy Sheriff Jack Allen

Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Sunday, January 24, 1897

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Jack Allen

Deputy Jack Allen was shot and mortally wounded while assisting the sheriff serve arrest warrants on two youths for larceny. The suspects opened fire from within a barn where they were cornered in neighboring Madison County, striking Deputy Allen in the head.

One of the suspects fled to Nevada where he was apprehended ten months later. He was returned to Madison County, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 81 years in prison. He was pardoned by Governor Edwin L. Norris on February 1, 1910. The other suspect fled to Canada and was never apprehended.

Deputy Allen had been deputized by the sheriff to assist him with serving the warrants the same day he was killed.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 10, 1897
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 81 years

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