Deputy Sheriff Kiv Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Kiv Phillips

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, July 7, 1882

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Kiv Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Kiv Phillips was shot and killed after responding to a bar, in Tombstone, after receiving reports that a man was threatening patrons with a gun.

The bar owner had sent a messenger to notify the Sheriff, but the messenger encountered Deputy Phillips on his way and told him instead. Deputy Phillips rushed to the bar and was shot when he arrived at the scene. He was able to return fire and fatally wounded the suspect, who died two days later.

Deputy Phillips was survived by his sister and four brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

weapons violation

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Orante Filomino actually died on August 9, 1882. The shooting happened in front of Moses & Mehan Saloon in Tombstone after spilling out onto the street from inside the saloon. Deputy Sherriff Kiv Phillips was originally from New York, was only 29 years old, and had only been in Tombstone for a year at the time of the incident. His body was taken by train to San Francisco and he is laid to rest in the same cemetery as Wyatt Earp in Colma, California.

City of Tombstone Arizona

July 10, 2023

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