Constable John L. Powers

Constable John L. Powers

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, July 3, 1891

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John L. Powers

Constable John Powers and Deputized Civilian Oliver McCoy were shot and killed when they went into the Mojave Desert to arrest some Indians who were accused of setting haystacks on fire. A gun battle ensued in which both were killed and two Indians were killed. A third man with the officers was able to escape and summon help.

Another Indian, known to be a desperate and evil character, was later captured at Coyote Hole. With much evidence and by his own admission he was found to be the one who killed the two officers.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Two shot and killed

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your memory or your sacrifice. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 3, 2020

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