Montana Law Enforcement Museum

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Philipsburg, MT 59858
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Town Marshal Jacob Neitzling

Columbia Falls Police Department

Department Patch

Marshal Jacob Neitzling was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a 60-year-old man wanted for criminal mischief. The suspect had attempted to derail a train near Coram by placing a steel bar on the track. Marshal Neitzling, along with two other officers, was trying to coax the suspect to come out of his house when he shot the Marshal from a window. The suspect then shot and killed himself. His wife survived Marshal Neitzling.

End of Watch:
April 19, 1931