Policeman Alexander Brighton

Policeman Alexander Brighton

Trinidad Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, January 22, 1909

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Alexander Brighton

Policeman Alex Brighton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a man involved in a family quarrel in the city's red light district.

The man produced a handgun during the arrest and shot his wife and then Policeman Brighton. The suspect then committed suicide.

Policeman Brighton had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and four children. His youngest daughter was born only two hours before he passed away.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 20, 1909
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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It is heartwarming to see the words written by so many, especially the interest by Police Officer Jeff Huss, HBPD. We thank you.

Alex is my Great-Great Uncle and was married to Kitty Collins Brighton. After Alex's death, Kitty became a Jail Matron and later served as a Colorado State Legislator.

Your family remembers.....

Jayne Collins Walker
Los Angeles Co Deputy Sheriff - Ret.

September 22, 2016

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