Sheriff Albert Taylor Shenneman

Sheriff Albert Taylor Shenneman

Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, February 1, 1883

Albert Taylor Shenneman

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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 23, 1883
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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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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