Sheriff Enos L. "Bud" McCracken

Sheriff Enos L. "Bud" McCracken

Barber County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 1908

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Enos L. "Bud" McCracken

Sheriff Enos "Bud" McCracken succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he was shot as he and the Kiowa city marshal were attempting to arrest a man on a warrant for selling whiskey. The man fled into an outhouse and, as Sheriff McCracken attempted to talk him into surrendering, shot through the outhouse door. The shot struck Sheriff McCracken, mortally wounding him. The sheriff and the marshal both returned fire into the outhouse but did not strike the suspect.

As the suspect attempted to flee from the outhouse the marshal shot him in the leg, inflecting a serious wound. The wound developed into gangrene and he died four days later.

Sheriff McCracken had only served as Sheriff for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children. His eighth child was born only two days before he was shot.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 19, 1908
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Although I never met you, I have heard your story all my life. Thank you for protecting, and thank you for your family. You are my great grandfather. Your oldest daughter was my grandmother. Your wife Ella was left with 8 children but had help from extended family in the area. Your youngest child Jessie (born 2 days before you were shot) and your son Paul died a few years later in 1918 within days of each other, from influenza. They were 10 and 17. I was around the remaining six for many years as I grew up on the same farm as grandma.


December 2, 2020

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