Montana Law Enforcement Museum

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

Undersheriff H. Frank Whitsel

Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Department

Department Patch

Undersheriff Whitsel was shot and killed while he and the sheriff searched for a suicidal man. The two officers were on horseback and riding a remote trail in Blind Bridger Canyon when they were ambushed by the man with a rifle. Both men were struck and Undersheriff Whitsel was mortally wounded. Although wounded, the Sheriff was able to go for help. The body of the suspect was found a short time later suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

End of Watch:
August 24, 1932