Deputy Sheriff James H. Marsden

Deputy Sheriff James H. Marsden

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, July 11, 1957

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James H. Marsden

Deputy Marsden was shot and killed after responding to a call at a gas station, for a report of a man not paying for gas, while off duty. As he placed the man in his car a struggle ensued the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Marsden's service weapon and shoot him. The incident was witnessed by Deputy Marsden's wife who had accompanied him on the call. The suspect was arrested two days later.

A jury acquitted the 22 year-old suspect, who claimed self defense, on December 19, 1957.

Deputy Marsden had been with the agency for 28 years and was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 11, 2020

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