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Sheriff Chauncey Belden Whitney | Ellsworth County Sheriff's Department, Kansas Ellsworth County Sheriff's Department, Kansas


Chauncey Belden Whitney

Ellsworth County Sheriff's Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Monday, August 18, 1873

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/15/1873

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Sheriff Chancey Whitney was accidentally shot and killed.

After breaking up a fight in local saloon involving another officer, Sheriff Whitney, and two civilians, exited the saloon and were walking down the street when the other officer involved in the fight ran into the street and began firing his gun. As the Sheriff Whitney turned to answer the gunfire one of the civilian's shotguns discharged and struck Sheriff Whitney in the chest. He died three days later.

The officer who started the disturbance was later fired, re-hired, fired again and was killed on October 16, 1877. The civilian suspect was also involved in three other killings and wounding a man; it is unknown if he was either aquitted or never tried. The civilian suspect died on September 6, 1897 of natural causes.

Sheriff Whitney had served with the agency for three years and had previously been a U.S. Army Scout during the Indian Wars. He was survived by his wife and daughter and is buried in Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth, Kansas.

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Sheriff Whitney,
On today, the 132nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars.


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August 18, 2015


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