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Policeman John Sheldon | Sonora Police Department, California Sonora Police Department, California


John Sheldon

Sonora Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, April 29, 1855

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Executed in 1855

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Policeman John Sheldon was stabbed to death while walking his beat in Sonora.

At approximately 3:30 am two subjects approached him from behind and stabbed him in the side before stealing his service weapon and fleeing. Despite being mortally wounded, Policeman Sheldon was able to walk to the United States Hotel where he collapsed on the floor.

Both men were arrested in Tuttletown and returned to Sonora to face trial. They were convicted of Policeman Sheldon's murder, sentenced to death, and both executed on August 3, 1855.

It is believed they murdered Policeman Sheldon in retaliation for a shooting in 1851 in which Policeman Sheldon killed a man who was shooting at the city marshal.

Marshal Sheldon had served with the Sonora Police Department for four years.

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