Marshal William R. Story « Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Marshal William R. Story

Died on May 2, 1870

Age 31
United States Marshals Service
Homicide: Shotgun

U.S. Marshal Story was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect. The 31-year-old victim went to Grantsville with a Nevada deputy sheriff to serve a warrant from that state. During the arrest, the suspect seized the deputy’s pistol and used it to shoot Marshal Story. The deputy escaped and alerted the city marshal. A posse tracked the suspect to a nearby canyon the following day. A gun battle resulted in the deaths of the suspect and a member of the Grantsville posse, Festus Sprague. Marshal Story was unmarried. He is buried in Fort Douglas Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Tooele Police Department.

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4 responses to “Marshal William R. Story”

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. Kelly Allred says:

    May you find that which was lost, dear brother.

  3. Jim Jackson says:

    Found his grave at Ft Dougkas cemetery . Never forget

  4. BL Smith says:

    Amazing how many people are affected by ones actions. I am so proud to be a member of the Utah Peace Officer Association which started the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial (we are located in the same building now)and recognize, each year, 14 (different) fallen officers. If anyone has contact information on relatives I am the keeper of fallen officer relative information so we can reach out to family/relative members when these events occur. I can be reached at

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