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Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten | Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

Kane Wooten

Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/9/1918

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Undersheriff Kempton, Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten, and Sheriff Robert McBride were shot and killed as they approached a cabin where they intended to arrest two brothers and another man for draft evasion. During the exchange of gunfire, one suspect was also killed at the scene.

A month later three suspects were captured by a U.S. Cavalry Patrol near Hachita, New Mexico.

Three of the suspects, two of them brothers, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Two were paroled in 1960 and pardoned in 1969; the third suspect died in prison on January 24, 1957, at the age of 86. At that time he was Arizona's oldest prisoner. A fourth suspect was killed at the scene.

Deputy Sheriff Wooten was survived by his wife and four children.

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Sheriff Robert F. McBride
Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona
End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Undersheriff Martin R. Kempton
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End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Uncle Kane,

I want to thank you for your service and dedication to the great state of Arizona. I hope my service today honors your memory in a fitting fashion. I also wanted to the set the record straight and advise that the last name is spelled WOOTAN. With Respect, your nephew

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Wootan 21-9
TCSO Montana
December 22, 2013

 

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