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Constable John L. Powers | Kern County Sheriff's Department, California Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Constable

John L. Powers

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, July 3, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two shot and killed

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Constable John Powers and Deputized Civilian Oliver McCoy were shot and killed when they went into the Mojave Desert to arrest some Indians who were accused of setting haystacks on fire. A gun battle ensued in which both were killed and two Indians were killed. A third man with the officers was able to escape and summon help.

Another Indian, known to be a desperate and evil character, was later captured at Coyote Hole. With much evidence and by his own admission he was found to be the one who killed the two officers.

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Deputized Civilian Oliver McCoy
Kern County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Friday, July 3, 1891
Cause: Gunfire

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