Deputy U.S. Marshal William Whitson

Deputy U.S. Marshal William Whitson

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1888

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William Whitson

Deputy Marshal William Whitson and Deputy Marshal John Phillips were shot and killed near Eufala, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma), while attempting to arrest two men on a road leading to the Green Corn Dance festival.

When the marshals commanded the brothers to surrender they were met with gunfire and Marshal Phillips was struck in the head and killed instantly. Marshal Whitson was able to return fire before being fatally wounded.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Please know that no passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and more importantly your sacrifice and you will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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