Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 4/27/1875
Weapon: Unknown weapon
Suspect: Killed by posse
David Land was charged with cattle theft and when the sheriff attempted to arrest him, Land assaulted the sheriff. Land was under indictment in district court for theft of cattle, and assault with intent to murder the sheriff when he escaped from the county jail. Land stole a horse from M.C. Dupuy. Dupuy and Constable Craig started in pursuit, and after going out seven miles, overtook the suspect, who hid in the brush. Land fired on Constable Craig and Dupuy. One round hit the constable and killed him instantly. Dupuy was also shot and dangerously wounded. Land escaped.
On May 1st a suspicious man appeared in Phelps Station on the Great Northern Railroad and the description matched that of Land. Deputy Sheriff W.E. Hall and Constable W.C. Parker determined that it was the wrong man, but a group of citizens who had been drinking demanded the reward money to release the man. A brawl ensued and one citizen was killed. Later the same day a group of citizens captured Land while he was sleeping at a friend’s house. He was arrested and bound across a horse, feet and neck being tied together. The men carried him 10 miles and gave him a choice – jail or die? The men said Land chose to die. His body was riddled with buckshot and left in the woods.
Land was a widower with five children in the 1870 census. His place of burial is unknown. The precinct 3 constable position no longer exists.