Sheriff W. C. Ricker

Sheriff W. C. Ricker

Natrona County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Thursday, January 2, 1902

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W. C. Ricker

Sheriff W.C. Ricker was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a jail escapee.

The suspect was later apprehended in Billings, Montana. The man was convicted of Sheriff Ricker's murder and sentenced to death. Several days before his hanging the State Supreme Court issued a stay of execution. On March 29, 1902, a group of angry citizens took him from the county jail and hanged him.

Sheriff Ricker was a U.S. Army veteran of the Indian Wars and Spanish American War. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by mob


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Sheriff Ricker,
On today the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the AmericanIndian and Spanish-American Wars. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 2, 2022

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