Hotchkiss constable Robert Lewis to be memorialized
By Press Release
On Nov. 21, 1898, Hotchkiss Constable Robert G. Lewis was killed in the line of duty. The unarmed lawman stepped between two men. R.T. Fluke was being forced at gunpoint down Main Street by L.A. Harrison. The two men had been in dispute for some time over lots in the town. Harrison wanted to settle the matter that day by a gun fight with Fluke. Constable Lewis told Harrison to give him his shotgun and then reached into his coat pocket. Harrison shot Lewis in the throat. Constable Lewis died instantly. Fluke was able to run safely to his home. Harrison attempted to reload his shotgun but the shell ejector jammed. Harrison walked out of town and hid by Leroux Creek. Two days later he gave himself up to Delta County Sheriff George G. Smith. Harrison was set free after his trial on Feb. 14, 1899 at the Delta District Court.