City Marshal Jesse B. Craig, Sr.

City Marshal Jesse B. Craig, Sr.

Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, July 4, 1911

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Jesse B. Craig, Sr.

Marshal Jesse Craig and Night Marshal Jake Kipper were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at the scene of a family disturbance. As they attempted to arrest the man his family started fighting with the officers. The subject was able to gain control of Marshal Craig's pistol and fatally shot both officers.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested two days later by the mayor and acting city marshal. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later commuted to life. After the commutation the Colorado Supreme Court granted a new trial. On July 3, 1914, he was acquitted of both murders. In 1916 he was convicted of another murder and sentenced to life.

Marshal Craig had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Marshal Craig,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rocky Ford.


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