City Marshal Lee Franklin Isbell

City Marshal Lee Franklin Isbell

Richfield Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Friday, August 5, 1921

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Lee Franklin Isbell

Marshal Lee Isbell succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier when he was shot while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

During Marshal Isbell's rounds, he came across the man who was acting in a disorderly manner. He put the man in a car and told him to wait there for his friends to return. As the marshal continued his rounds, the man exited the car and went into a store. Marshal Isbell observed this and confronted the man to arrest him. The suspect then produced a revolver and shot Marshal Isbell in the hip.

Several citizens who witnessed the shooting subdued the suspect as he attempted to shoot Marshal Isbell a second time. Marshal Isbell was taken to a local hospital and then to his home, where he died.

The suspect was sentenced to five years for the murder.

Marshal Isbell was survived by his wife and ten children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 18, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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City Marshal Isbell,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 5, 2021

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