Deputy Sheriff Chet L. Ainsworth

Deputy Sheriff Chet L. Ainsworth

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, April 6, 1899

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Chet L. Ainsworth

Deputy Sheriff Chet Ainsworth and Deputy Sherriff Ted "Sid" Moore were shot and killed by two brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. The two brothers ambushed Deputy Ainsworth and Deputy Moore, who was assisting him, as they waited outside of a home to speak with them about stolen cattle.

The outlaws escaped to New Mexico but a posse from Tombstone chased them and captured them. Both suspects were executed by hanging in November 1900.

Deputy Ainsworth also served as a Constable.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1900

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Deputy Sheriff Ainsworth,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cochise County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 6, 2019

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