Montana Law Enforcement Museum

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Sheriff Silas Ralston

Gallatin County Sheriff's Department

Department Patch

Sheriff Silas Ralston was shot and killed as he attempted to stop a quarrel between two men at a saloon in Bozeman. He was killed instantly when one of the men drew a revolver and shot him. Several witnesses said the suspects revolver discharged accidentally. Others said the killing was intentional. All agreed that the suspect was very intoxicated. He was charged with manslaughter.

End of Watch:
September 5, 1878