Marshal Lee F. Isbell « Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Marshal Lee F. Isbell

Died on August 5, 1921

Age 47
Richfield Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Marshal Isbell died after being shot three weeks earlier by an intoxicated man.  On July 14, the 47-year-old victim was making his evening rounds when he encountered the suspect on Main Street. Because the suspect was familiar to him, Marshal Isbell placed him in a vehicle to await the return of some friends. When Marshal Isbell returned a few minutes later, the inebriated man was bothering customers in a nearby store. The suspect was placed under arrest and was being escorted to jail when he pulled a pistol and shot the victim in the hip. The suspect was preparing for a second shot when he was overpowered by citizens. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder, incarcerated, and paroled in 1926. Marshal Isbell lived in agony for three weeks before dying of peritonitis. He was survived by his wife and several children. He is buried in Richfield City Cemetery. His bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Richfield Police Department.

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2 responses to “Marshal Lee F. Isbell”

  1. Mike Isbell says:

    For 90 years the town of Richfield ignored you Grandpa, you now have your proper place in history, RIP and thank you.

  2. Torry Kelly says:

    I am so proud to be the granddaughter of this fallen hero. I wish I could have known you but I’m really happy you are being acknowledged and honored. Torry Kelly daughter of Villa Rae Isbell Kelly

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