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Sheriff George Washington Law | Callaway County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Callaway County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

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George Washington Law

Callaway County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, August 23, 1873

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Sheriff George Law and Deputy Sheriff W.W. Dundon were shot and killed while escorting a prisoner from the courthouse to jail after the man was convicted of a crime.

An angry crowd on horses attacked the carriage on Mexico Road, near the Synodical College in Fulton, and fired into it. Sheriff Law and Deputy Dundon were both mortally wounded.

Sheriff Law died nine days later and Deputy Dundon died 19 days later.

A suspect was charged with both murders but was acquitted at his trial seven months later.

Sheriff Law was a Confederate Army veteran of the Civil War.

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End of Watch: Wednesday, September 3, 1873
Cause: Gunfire

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