Officer Festus Sprague

Officer Festus Sprague

Died on:  

May 3, 1870

Age 39
Grantsville Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Officer Sprague was killed during a gun battle with a homicide suspect. The 39-year-old victim was a member of a posse pursuing the killer of U.S. Marshal William Story, who was shot to death the day before in Grantsville. Upon cornering the suspect in a canyon south of town, shots were exchanged and both the suspect and Officer Sprague were killed. A second posse member was wounded. Officer Sprague was married and the father of four children. He is buried in Grantsville City Cemetery.  His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Grantsville Police Department.

Fallen Officers