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Deputy Sheriff James W. Bell | Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

James W. Bell

Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, April 28, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/28/1881

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff James Bell and Deputy Marshal Robert Olinger, of the United States Marshals Service, were shot and killed during an escape attempt by the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.

Deputy Bell is buried in Cedarvale Cemetery, White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico.

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I made a pilgrimage to White Oaks and specifically to the cemetery to visit and pay my respects for Officer Bell. I was immediately struck by the rugged beauty and serenity I found there. Rest in peace and we shall forever honor your service.

Andrew Klement
grateful citizen
July 14, 2013

 

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