Lyon  County,   Kansas 
 

 

 

Deputy Sheriff James A. Spillman
Lyon County Sheriff's Office - Kansas
End of Watch:  Thursday, August 4, 1881

Biographical Info
Age:  45
Tour of Duty:  Not available
Badge Number:  Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death:  Stabbed
Date of Incident:  Thursday, August 4, 1881
Weapon Used:  Edged weapon; knife
Suspect Info:  Not avilable

Deputy Spillman was stabbed to death while escorting
a prisoner to the man's home so he could get clothing.
The man had been arrested the previous day and declared
insane.  While at the man's home Deputy Spillman took
inventory of several firearms in a trunk.  As they left the
man said he needed to get something else from inside.
Before Deputy Spillman could object the man ran back inside
and grabbed a gun and knife. He fired at Spillman but missed
and then stabbed him to death.


Sheriff Walter Davis
Lyon County Sheriff's Office - Kansas
End of Watch:  Wednesday, August 16, 1916

Biographical Info
Age:  44
Tour of Duty:  Not available
Badge Number:  Not available

Incident Detail
Cause of Death:  Gunfire
Date of Incident:  Wednesday, August 16, 1916
Wespon Used:  Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info:  Not available

Sheriff Davis was shot and killed while he and another officer 
attempted to arrest two robbery suspects.  As Sheriff Davis
searched one of the men and the other man opened fire, 
fatally wounding him.  Several posse members were also shot 
and wounded during a search for the man.

Night Marshal Ben Wiggins
Lyons Police Department - Kansas
End of Watch:  Monday, March 30, 1936

Biographical Info
Age:  45
Tour of Duty:  Not available
Badge Number:  Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death:  Gunfire
Date of Incident:  Monday, March 30, 1936
Weapon Used:  Handgun; .380 caliber
Suspect Info:  Sentenced to life

Marshal Wiggins was shot and killed when he interrupted a 
burglary in progress at a furniture store.  He was struck on 
the head with a heavy object and the shot before he could draw 
his own weapon.  His body was not found until the next morning.
Two suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison 
for Marshal Wiggins' murder.


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