Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. Fahey

Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. Fahey

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, June 23, 1897

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Thomas J. Fahey

Deputy Fahey succumbed to a gunshot wound received two days earlier while attempting to arrest two brothers for larceny. During the arrest, Deputy Fahey's gun was knocked from his hand. The wife of a third brother picked it up and handed it to the man, who shot Deputy Fahey.

Both brothers were charged with murder. Several weeks later they were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and released. A few days later they were jailed on charges of burglary but released due to a lack of evidence. On May 6, 1899, they were again charged with murder after they shot and killed their father during a dispute.

Deputy Fahey was survived by his wife and ten children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 21, 1897
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Three suspects arrested

arrest attempt

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Deputy Sheriff Fahey,
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 Lake County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 23, 2022

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