Sheriff W. W. Wright

Sheriff W. W. Wright

Nevada County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, November 3, 1856

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W. W. Wright

Sheriff W.W. Wright and City Marshal David Johnson, of Nevada City, were shot and killed as they rode with a posse attempting to recapture three inmates who had escaped from the Nevada County Jail.

A second posse had secreted themselves in a remote area at Gold Ravine, near Gold Flat, believing the escapees would go to that area. Sheriff Wright and Marshal Johnson were in a second posse who also went to that area and became suspicious when they saw horses tied to a tree.

As members of the second posse approached the horses they were confronted by members of the first posse. The two posses exchanged fire in a case of mistaken identity and both Sheriff Wright and Marshal Johnson received fatal wounds.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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