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Sheriff W. C. Ricker | Natrona County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Natrona County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

Sheriff

W. C. Ricker

Natrona County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Thursday, January 2, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Sheriff W.C. Ricker was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a jail escapee.

The suspect was later apprehended in Billings, Montana. The man was convicted of Sheriff Ricker's murder and sentenced to death. Several days before his hanging the State Supreme Court issued a stay of execution. On March 29, 1902, a group of angry citizens took him from the county jail and hanged him.

Sheriff Ricker was a U.S. Army veteran of the Indian Wars and Spanish American War. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Sheriff Ricker, My great Grandfather, was the beginning of a Law Enforcement tradition in my family. His son, Wilson, served on the Natrona County Sheriff for 5 years. My brother, Ricker (named for my Mother's maiden name) is a retired San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff and I am a retired El Monte Police Sergeant.

Sheriff Ricker was a U.S. Army scout who fought at fort Casper and his finger was shot off during an Indian battle at that location. He later was shot in the head in the Spanish American war. That wound was repaired by a silver plate.

While the Sheriff of Natrona County, he was also the Assistant Fire Chief of the CasWyomingming Volunteer Fire Department.

Sgt. Tom Hunt (ret)
El Mote Police
February 17, 2013

 

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