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Deputy William J. Bates | Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

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William J. Bates

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 30, 1879

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy William Bates and Deputy James Coggburn were shot and killed while leading a posse that was pursuing several horse thieves along Bee Creek, near the Missouri - Arkansas state border.

Both deputies were killed during a shootout that ensued after the posse cornered the subjects in a cabin.

Deputy Bates was survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy James A. Coggburn
Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 30, 1879
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Bates,
On today, the 137th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Deputy Sheriff for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Taney County.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol
April 30, 2016

 

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