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Deputy Constable William Blake | Shasta County Constable's Office, California Shasta County Constable's Office, California

Deputy Constable

William Blake

Shasta County Constable's Office, California

End of Watch: Saturday, November 25, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/23/1911

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Constable William Blake was shot and killed while and he and another deputy attempted to arrest two Indians who had shot and killed a rancher near Fall River Mills.

The deputies had positioned themselves on a road they knew the suspects would be travelling on. When the suspects passed they ordered them out of the wagon, but were fired upon. The deputies returned fire, striking one of the men, before the suspects fled. Deputy Blake was shot in the hip and taken to a local doctor who amputated his leg in an attempt to save his life. He succumbed to his wounds two days after being shot.

The suspects, father and son, were captured in Lovelock, Nevada, seven weeks later. The son was found to be deaf and dumb. The father was charged with two counts of first degree murder. At his trial he claimed he shot the rancher and Deputy Blake in self defense and was acquitted. On August 16, 1924, he was killed in an automobile accident near Red Bluff.

Deputy Blake had been deputized that day in order to make the arrest. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and sister. He is buried in Susanville Cemetery, Susanville, Lassen County, California.

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Blake. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 22, 2012

 

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