Deputy City Marshal Richard T. Blew

Deputy City Marshal Richard T. Blew

Trenton Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, January 6, 1877

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Richard T. Blew

Deputy City Marshal Richard Blew was shot as he attempted to disarm an impaired and disorderly subject who was brandishing a pistol.

Marshal Blew died of his injuries two days later.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 4, 1877
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

DIP, weapons violation

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Deputy Marshal of Trenton, Grundy, Missouri, USA.

Grant City Star
Grant City, Worth, Missouri, USA

-- Deputy Marshal Richard T Blew received a shot from the pistol of Dr. J. A. Webster, resulting in his death. It appears that Dr. Webster and some other parties were drinking, and while in the street north of the City Drug Store, he drew out his revolver and threatened to shoot, perhaps not knowing what he was doing.

Deputy Marshal Blew undertook to take the revolver from him, when it went off, the ball entering the abdomen of the Marshal, causing his death. He lived until 6 o'clock Sunday Morning, and expired. The unfortunate man stated several times before he died that the shot was purely accidental.

When first spoken to be stated that if it killed him he had only one request to make of the Doctor, and that was, that he would quit drinking whiskey. - Trenton Republican.

(researched and provided by Dorothy Biles)

Richard T Blew was inducted into the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum in a Virtual Candlelight Vigil on 13 May, 2020, along with 307 fallen law enforcement officers - 135 of which were lost in the line of duty in 2019. The other 172 are the names of officers who fell in years prior and who are now being recognized.

Officer Rank: Deputy City Marshal
Memorial Panel: 20-W: 32
Department: Trenton, Missouri, P.D.
End of Watch: 01/06/1877
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 37
Length of Service: 2 Years

Robert Blew

June 26, 2021

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