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Town Marshal James W. Busby | Paton Marshal's Office, Iowa Paton Marshal's Office, Iowa

Town Marshal

James W. Busby

Paton Marshal's Office, Iowa

End of Watch: Sunday, May 7, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Town Marshal James Busby was shot and killed as he attempted to apprehend two men who had blown the safe inside the Paton Post Office minutes earlier.

Marshal Busby and several armed citizens chased the suspects into a nearby school house. As they ran through the door, one of the suspects turned and shot Marshal Busby as he entered the door behind them. In a gun battle which followed, the citizens killed one suspect and severely wounded the other.

The wounded suspect was charged with first degree murder. On November 4, 1911, he was found guilty of manslaughter after his attorney convinced the jury that his accomplice shot Marshal Busby.

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Rest in Peace, Town Marshal Busby. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 3, 2014


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