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Deputy Sheriff William J. Kelley | Lander County Sheriff's Office, Nevada Lander County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff

William J. Kelley

Lander County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch: Monday, August 7, 1876

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 8/7/1876

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Suspect: Not available

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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.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 137th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 2, 2013

 

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