Deputy Sheriff John Tileston Downes

Deputy Sheriff John Tileston Downes

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Monday, January 28, 1811

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John Tileston Downes

Deputy Sheriff John Downes was shot and killed in Robinstown while arresting a suspected currency counterfeiter. As Deputy Downes attempted to place the suspect under arrest the man shot and killed him.

The suspect was later executed by hanging for his crime.

Deputy Downes was buried in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. In the summer of 2004, his grave was located and a ceremony was held honoring his sacrifice and service.

At the time of Deputy Downes' murder, Maine had not yet been formed as a state, and Cumberland County was a part of Massachusetts.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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Deputy Sheriff Downes, it has been 123 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 28, 2024

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