Undersheriff Marion E. Sanders

Undersheriff Marion E. Sanders

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, December 20, 1923

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Marion E. Sanders

Undersheriff Marion Sanders was accidentally shot and killed when his revolver fell from its holster and discharged.

He and a sheriff's deputy were waiting to intercept a shipment of illegal liquor that was en route from Teller County when their car's battery began malfunctioning. They took the car to a service station in Manitou Springs to have the battery checked.

As Undersheriff Sanders attempted to crank the car's engine, his revolver fell to the ground. The discharged round struck him in the stomach, causing a fatal wound.

Undersheriff Sanders had served with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Undersheriff Sanders,
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 El Paso County.


United States Border Patrol

December 20, 2023

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