Captain John B. Russell

Captain John B. Russell

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, June 19, 1913

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John B. Russell

Captain John Russell was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend an escaped prisoner on the outskirts of La Veta, Colorado.

The suspect was located in a cabin near the town. As Captain Russell approached the cabin the suspect opened fire. During the ensuing shootout both Captain Russell and the suspect were shot and killed

Captain Russell was survived by his wife.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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A triute to Captain John B. Russell will be a ceremony on Memorial Day 2016 by the Department of Corrections, Colorado. There will be a stone cut and placed by the DOC prior to that date, since Captain Russell has never had a stone on his grave - in the 112 years since he was killed in action.
The Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery Committee, Board of the City of Canon City is sponsoring this dedication, as well, and is soliciting funds for a memorial sign explaining his heroism and dedication to duty. Memorial Day, May 30l, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Canon City, CO.

Carol G. McNew, Secretary
Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery Committee

April 10, 2016

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