Posseman Festus Sprague

Posseman Festus Sprague

Grantsville Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Tuesday, May 3, 1870

Festus Sprague

Posseman Festus Sprague was shot and killed while attempting to arrest the man who had murdered Deputy U.S. Marshal William Story the previous day.

The posse tracked the subject to a relative's home along South Willow Creek in a canyon approximately seven miles southwest of Grantsville. As the posse closed in on the house the man mounted his horse and fled further up the canyon until having to dismount. The man fell down the canyon wall into the brush.

As Posseman Sprague and other posse members entered the brush they were ambushed by the subject. Posseman Sprague was fatally wounded before the man was killed by return gunfire by other posse members.

Posseman Sprague was a veteran of the Nauvoo Legion. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

fugitive, murder suspect, warrant

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Hello Lisa Johnson my name is Lori Sprague I'am the third great granddaughter of Festus Sprague I just wanted to say thank you for what you are wanting to do to honor our family

Lori Garcia
Third Great granddaughter

December 24, 2018

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