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Sheriff David Fulton Douglass | Nevada County Sheriff's Office, California Nevada County Sheriff's Office, California


David Fulton Douglass

Nevada County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1896

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Sheriff David Douglass went into the wilds of Cement Hill in search of a bandit suspected in a string of robberies. After Sheriff Douglass failed to return, a search party found his body, and not to far from him, the body of the bandit he was looking for. Both had been shot to death.

It remains a mystery as to exactly what happened. The two may have shot it out, killing each other, or possibly a third man, an accomplice of the bandit, killed Sheriff Douglass. Forty years later a monument was erected on the spot which says, among other things, It is believed that Sheriff Douglass was pitted against two and that one escaped.

Sheriff Douglass had served with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife, child, mother, father, and siblings. He is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Nevada City, Nevada County, California.

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I believe Sheriff Douglass was my Great Great Grandfather. If anyone knows if Sheriff Douglass was originally an immigrant from Mexico, born of a Scottish father, then he is my Great Great Grandfather. I believe his surviving son was a pharmacist in Visalia, CA.

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David Douglass

July 15, 2017


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