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Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Maples | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

Dan Maples

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, May 5, 1887

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Marshal Maples was killed in an ambush situation by an outlaw in Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). The Marshals Service attempted unsuccessfully to raid the home five times over several years.

On October 19, 1892, the suspect shot and killed Deputy Marshal John Fields during an attempt to raid the home. The man was finally killed three weeks after Marshal Fields' murder during another attempt. The home was riddled with thousands of rounds of gunfire, shot by cannon fire, and then blown up with dynamite.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal John Fields
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 19, 1892
Cause: Gunfire

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I was always told that Marshall Dan Maples was my great-uncle when I was young. Although it could be possible, I think that the age and dates do not work out since my grandfather was borne in 1881. So I assume that great-great uncle is correct. On the other hand, he was certainly a Great uncle. I had lived here in Bentonville for a number of years before I realized that he was buried here in the city cemetery. I recently took my cousin"s son to the grave site. Several years ago I had a part time job in the summers (while I was a teacher) with the Corps of Engineers. After the first summer, they sent me to a school, and then handed me a badge that said: Law Enforcement Officer U.S.A. My first thought was to wonder if Marshall Dan would be embarrassed when I put it on. Maybe it helped when I was sworn in as a Judge several years later.

Blaine A Jackson
Great-Grandson
May 29, 2017

 

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