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Undersheriff Martin R. Kempton | Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Undersheriff

Martin R. Kempton

Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Undersheriff Martin Kempton, Sheriff Robert McBride, and Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooton were shot and killed as they approached a cabin where they intended to arrest two brothers and another man for draft evasion. During the exchange of gunfire, one suspect was also killed at the scene.

A month later three suspects were captured by a U.S. Cavalry Patrol near Hachita, New Mexico.

Three of the suspects, two of them brothers, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Two were paroled in 1960 and pardoned in 1969; the third suspect died in prison on January 24, 1957, at the age of 86. At that time he was Arizona's oldest prisoner. A fourth suspect was killed at the scene.

Undersheriff Kempton was survived by his wife and seven children.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Sheriff Robert F. McBride
Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona
End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Kane Wooten
Graham County Sheriff's Office, Arizona
End of Watch: Saturday, February 9, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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To the McBride's and the Kempton's, I share your dedication to the memory of these three fallen officers. Kane Wootan was my great Uncle, but we were a close-knit group, and someone always took notes of what transpired in the family, and spoke of them at family gatherings.. I inherited those notes when I became family historian & wrote & sold copies to family members [over 600 of them]. It was a thousand plus page book on the family, stories, happenings like the Power Shootout, pictures, documents & the like, and then made many of my own researches, plus recordings & moving picture film of what I learned from the old timers who were there when this occurred in the Galiuros and in Klondyke events too. Our friends and family there, knew the Power's personally & of their dirty deeds. What you read in these Internet articles and so far in books & documentaries do not touch on the reality of what happened. I am slowly writing a book about the people and the things that led up to the shootout and I need MORE input about your families to do a decent job. To worship these criminals as has been done since the 1960's is criminal in itself! Please CONTACT ME WITH FAMILY INFO, PICTURES, OR QUESTIONS. Millie Wootan Barnes, PO Box 1464, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405

Wootan Family Historian, Millie Wootan B
Kane Wootan my Great Uncle
March 28, 2016

 

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