Montana Law Enforcement Museum

212 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(406) 859-6536

Special Deputy Charles Streb

Silver Bow County Sheriff's Department

Charles Streb Department Patch

Deputy Sheriff Charles Streb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had threatened other citizens with a handgun at a dance hall. A posse of citizens captured the suspect a short time later. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 100 years in prison. Montana Governor Dixon reduced the sentence and the suspect was released in 1924. On February 7th, 1926, the subject murdered Police Officer Elmer Griffin of the San Gabriel Police Department in California. He escaped from the Los Angeles County Jail on March 23rd, 1926, while awaiting trial, but was recaptured. He convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. He was released in 1971, at age 85.

End of Watch:
July 24, 1911