Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Sheriff Joseph Bailey

Vernon County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, March 22, 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, and 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 Vernon County Sheriff's Office for one year and previously as a Brigadier General during the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and four children.

He is buried in section 3, lot 2 of Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt

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He actually died on March 22, 1867.

Professor Joe Jaynes

March 26, 2023

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