Deputy Joseph Staples

Deputy Joseph Staples

El Dorado County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, July 1, 1864

Joseph Staples

Deputy Staples was shot and killed and a constable was seriously wounded when they attenpted to arrest six stagecoach robbers.

The previous day six men wearing Confederate uniforms halted and robbed two stagecoaches near Placerville. The next morning Deputy Staples and a local constable followed the robbers' trail to a hotel in the nearby town of Somerset. Once inside the two were met with a fusillade of bullets. Deputy Staples was killed instantly. The constable, who ran back outside was shot three times and left for dead.

Seven weeks later all six suspects were apprehended in Santa Clara County. One suspect was convicted of first degree murder and hanged in Placerville on September 29, 1865. Another suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years hard labor. The other four suspects were tried and acquitted.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1865

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 154th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 1, 2018

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