Constable Robert G. Lewis

Constable Robert G. Lewis

Hotchkiss Marshal's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, November 21, 1898

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Robert G. Lewis

Constable Robert Lewis was shot and killed as he attempted to stop an armed man who had abducted another man he was having a civil dispute with.

The subject and the victim had been involved in a long-running dispute over property. On November 21st, 1898, the subject went to the victim's business armed with a shotgun and told him they were going to settle the issue. He ordered the man, at gunpoint, to go home to obtain his own firearm so they could settle the issue.

Constable Lewis was notified of the incident and ran, unarmed, to the scene on Main Street as the subject led the victim to his house. The man immediately shot Constable Lewis in the neck and face, killing him instantly. The victim was able to run from the scene and obtain his own gun. The subject fled town but turned himself in two days later. He was charged with Constable Lewis' murder.

Constable Lewis was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charged with murder


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Constable Lewis,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the Union Army during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol

November 21, 2023

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