Sheriff Robert D. Lester

Sheriff Robert D. Lester

Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Thursday, March 21, 1844

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Robert D. Lester

Sheriff Lester was shot and killed after being ambushed by a Indian. He was paddling down a river in a canoe when the suspect opened fire from an ambush position behind a tree. The suspect was apprehended a few days later and charged with murder. It was determined that he intended to rob Sheriff Lester.

Charges against the suspect were dismissed seven months later when the only witness did not show up for the trial. A few days later the suspects body was found. His throat had been cut from ear to ear.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Killed

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Sheriff Lester,
On today, the 180th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Crawford County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 21, 2024

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