City Marshal Charles Emerson

City Marshal Charles Emerson

Alamosa Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, January 21, 1895

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Charles Emerson

City Marshal Charles Emerson was shot and killed while arresting two men for stealing a load of oats from a ranch.

Marshal Emerson and the two suspects got onto a wagon to proceed to a barn for the investigation. The lead horses refused to move so the two suspects got off the wagon to try to lead the horses. At that moment one of the men took a gun from the second man. Seeing this, Marshal Emerson drew his weapon and exchanged shots with the man. Marshal Emerson was fatally wounded and succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The shooter was convicted of Marshal Emerson's murder and hanged on December 13, 1895. The other suspect, 17, was convicted of murder and sent to prison.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 19, 1895
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1895

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Marshal Emerson,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alamosa.


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