Town Marshal Billy Wilson

Town Marshal Billy Wilson

Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Friday, November 6, 1885

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Billy Wilson

Town Marshal Billy Wilson was shot and killed when he attempted to disarm three cowboys who were in town.

Rapid City had an ordinance prohibiting the carrying of any weapon inside the city limits. When Marshal Wilson attempted to disarm three cowboys inside the Horse Market Saloon, the cowboys opened fire, leaving Wilson dead and one of the cowboys wounded.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with murder. They were acquitted after a trail in which they claimed they killed Marshal Wilson in self defense.

Town Marshal Wilson is buried in Evergreen Abandon, Rapid Valley, Pennington County, South Dakota.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted at trial

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Marshal , sometimes there is Justice and others times there is just us, RIP Hero.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

November 6, 2012

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