Deputy Sheriff William J. Kelley

Deputy Sheriff William J. Kelley

Lander County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 1876

William J. Kelley

Deputy Kelley was stabbed to death by a woman who was involved in an quarrel at the racetrack in Austin, Nevada. The woman was fighting with another woman and Deputy Kelley intervened. After the races, Deputy Kelley encountered the woman a second time in front of a saloon on Cedar Street. During the encounter, the woman stabbed Deputy Kelley in the chest. Although mortally wounded, Deputy Kelley was able to shoot the woman in the leg. Deputy Kelley died minutes later. The woman was taken into custody but the outcome of the incident is not known.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

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God Bless you Sir. May your memory never fade. Thank you for your service to our great nation.

University of Nevada, Reno PD

August 7, 2017

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