Deputy Edward N. Dawes

Died on July 30, 1895

Age 43
Uintah County (Wyoming) Sheriff’s Office
Homicide: Rifle

Deputy Dawes, 43, and Echo City Constable Thomas Stagg were killed in a gun battle near the Wyoming border. The victims were part of a four-man posse alerted to watch for two suspects who had attempted to murder the Summit County sheriff. Receiving word that the suspects were hiding in a cabin on Duck Creek, approximately 12 miles west of Evanston, the posse surrounded the cabin in the early morning hours. When the sun rose, a gun battle erupted. One of the suspects suffered a minor wound. Constable Stagg was shot in the throat and died immediately. Deputy Dawes was shot through the lungs. Their ammunition exhausted, the two remaining posse members withdrew. Following a massive manhunt and another gun battle, the two suspects were captured in Tooele County on August 5. One suspect was convicted and subsequently executed by firing squad in 1896. The second suspect was sentenced to prison and paroled in 1902. Deputy Dawes left a wife. He is buried in Evanston (Wyoming) Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by AAA Utah.


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One response to “Deputy Edward N. Dawes”

  1. BL Smith says:

    I am so proud to be a member of the Utah Peace Officer Association which started the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial. Both are proud members of Utah’s Law Enforcement Community. The UPOA recognizes, each year, 14 (different) fallen officers. If anyone has contact information on relatives I am the keeper of fallen officer relative information. When events come up that honor our fallen officers we reach out to family/relative members when these events occur. I can be reached at blsmith@sandy.Utah.gov.

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