Montana Law Enforcement Museum

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

Sheriff George Young

Park County Sheriff's Department

George Young Department Patch

Sheriff Young was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a train robbery and murder suspect. A suspect robbed a man on a train while en route to Garrison, Montana. When the train arrived in Garrison, the suspect left the train and went to Logan, Montana where he shot and killed a rancher. The suspect was spotted at a train station in Springdale, Montana. Sheriff Young and his undersheriff responded to make the arrest. When they arrived at the train station, the officers started questioning people in the station. Sheriff Young went inside the station to get a better description of the suspect from the station agent. When he went back outside, he found the suspect on the platform. As the undersheriff came to assist Sheriff Young, the suspect pulled a gun and shot the undersheriff, seriously wounding him. The suspect then shot Sheriff Young, who died instantly. The suspect escaped and was never caught even though a large posse searched for him for several days.

End of Watch:
November 9, 1900