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Sheriff Albert Taylor Shenneman | Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas


Albert Taylor Shenneman

Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Thursday, February 1, 1883

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Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/23/1883

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Sheriff Shenneman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murdering Constable Daniel Weiser, of the Valley Falls Police Department, earlier in the month. The suspect had gone to Cowley County and asked a Udall Station rancher for work. The rancher allowed the man to board at his house and work. After a week's time the rancher saw wanted posters describing the man and alerted Sheriff Shenneman, who came to the ranch posing as a doctor.
After determining the man and the suspect were one-in-the-same Sheriff Shenneman attempted to grab him from behind. The suspect was able to break free and shoot Sheriff Shenneman was a revolver. The suspect was apprehended at the scene after being held down by the Sheriff and the other men in the house. He was taken to a series of local jails for his own protection before a mob of citizens eventually took control of him and hung off of a railroad bridge.
Sheriff Shenneman's wounds were tended to but he succumbed to the gunshot wounds eight days later.

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Constable Daniel Weiser
Valley Falls Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Saturday, January 6, 1883
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Shenneman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

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February 4, 2014


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