Deputy Marshal Louis A. Conlee

Deputy Marshal Louis A. Conlee

Sprague Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, June 25, 1895

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Louis A. Conlee

Deputy Marshal Conlee was shot and killed while taking a prisoner from Sprague to Ritzville on horseback. The prisoner had hidden a small gun in his boot and retrieved it when Deputy Marshal Conlee was not looking. After shooting the marshal, he hid the body in sage brush and it was not found for several days.

The suspect was apprehended in Montana and returned to face charges. He was convicted of the murder and had appeals go all the way to the State Supreme Court.

Deputy Marshal Conlee had served with the agency for at least 5 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and twin sister.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted

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Though the years pass and the world changes. Your memory will not be forgotten. Thinking about your service 126 years after your passing. May you always be remembered.

Deputy Sheriff
Stevens County

October 25, 2021

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