Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Vernon County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, March 26, 1867

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Joseph Bailey

Sheriff Joseph Bailey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers for hog stealing. The suspects robbed the Sheriff of his gun, horse, and money. Two of the suspects escaped, a third suspect was lynched. A fourth suspect who escaped was later killed in May 1875 when he tried to attack a guard in a Lincoln, Nebraska prison.

Sheriff Bailey had served with the agency for one year and previously as a Brigadier General during the Civil War and was a Freemason. He was survived by his wife and four children and is buried in section 3, lot 2 of Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Two of the suspects had been part of Quantrill Raiders in the Civil war from which the James-Younger gang also orginiated and related ODMP deaths:

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