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Deputy Sheriff John Albert Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

John Albert "Jack" Rickers

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 13, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Jack Rickers was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had been firing a handgun inside a tavern in Tuolomne City.

He was shot several times after encountering the man in an alley behind the post office. A constable who witnessed the shooting saw the man leave the scene and go into his cabin. The constable notified the sheriff and a posse was formed. The posse tossed tear gas into the cabin, forcing the subject to surrender. He was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Deputy Rickers held a dual commission as a deputy sheriff and a constable.

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