Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Ralph Fisher suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects.
He and a state trooper were alerted to a burglary taking place at Mount's Tavern. When Marshal Fisher arrived, he encountered two suspects who overpowered and assaulted him before taking his gun.
One suspect used the marshal's gun to exchange gunfire, wounding the trooper upon his arrival before both suspects fled in their vehicle. The trooper then found Marshal Fisher dead of a heart attack from struggling with the suspects behind the tavern.
The 27- and 31-year-old suspects, who were brothers, were located less than two hours later attempting to flee the state. They were captured by another state trooper at the Dogtown Ferry near Mount Vernon.
The men, with only $37 taken from the tavern and Marshal Fisher's gun, offered no resistance. They were charged with auto banditry and second-degree burglary.
Town Marshal Fisher was survived by his wife, 18-year-old son, mother, four brothers and sister.