Sheriff George Washington Kemp

Sheriff George Washington Kemp

Lake County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, May 5, 1910

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George Washington Kemp

Sheriff Kemp was shot and killed by one of two Indians he was attempting to arrest for stealing a saddle. Both suspects, ages 16 and 17, were captured a short time later.

The 17-year-old gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison on June 24, 1915. The other suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years. He was paroled on June 25, 1920. In April of 1921 he was returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence for violating his parole. He was released in 1925.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Great Uncle George,
Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
May the reflections above know that it is much appreciated.
Many Thanks,

Great Nephew

February 9, 2022

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