Constable Geoffrey H. Ashton British Columbia Provincial Police British Columbia End of Watch: Thursday, March 28, 1912
Biographical Info Age: 51 Tour of Duty: 14 years Badge Number: 2153
Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Tuesday, March 19, 1912 Weapon Used: Handgun; .22 caliber Suspect Info: Executed in 1912
Constable Geoffrey Ashton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained nine days earlier while transporting two prisoners to a court hearing in Kelowna.
They were aboard the S.S. Okanagan when one of the man asked to have his handcuffs removed so he could have a glass of water. When Constable Ashton complied with the request the man pulled out a concealed .22 caliber handgun and shot him in the head.
The two prisoners disembarked the boat in Peachland. A short time later the wounded Constable Ashton was discovered. He was taken to a hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wound.
The man who shot him was arrested, convicted of Constable Ashton's murder, and hanged on August 9, 1912.
Constable Ashton had served with the British Columbia Provincial Police for nine years and had previously served with the Northwest Mounted Police for five years.