Night Marshal William Shea

Night Marshal William Shea

Victor Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, August 11, 1895

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William Shea

Night Marshal William Shea was shot and killed by one of two brothers, who also served as Teller County sheriff's deputies, in retaliation for the arrest and disarming of one of the brothers.

The arrested brother had been involved in a train robbery with several other men. After his initial release he obtained a Winchester rifle and setup an ambush. As Marshal Shea escorted an unrelated prisoner to jail the brothers shot him and then fled.

The shooter was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. His brother was acquitted.


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  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Marshal Shea, you were just doing your duty, right to the end. No finer legacy can be left by any officer. And, here it is, 122 years later, and your name and service are still honored. Keep watching over us.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 18, 2017

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