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Sheriff James T. Dana | Yuma County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Yuma County Sheriff's Department, Arizona


James T. Dana

Yuma County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 20, 1871

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 9/18/1871

Weapon: Edged weapon; Bow and arrow

Offender: Escaped from prison

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Sheriff Dana was shot with a glass-tipped arrow while riding with a posse in search of a man who murdered a woman in Arizona City. The posse had gone into a river bottom to arrest the man and became engaged in a battle with local Indians. Sheriff Dana died two days after being struck by the arrow. The killer was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison but escaped and was never recaptured.

Sheriff Dana had been with the agency for three years.

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