Sheriff James R. Barton

Sheriff James R. Barton

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 23, 1857

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James R. Barton

Sheriff James Barton, Constable Charles Baker, Deputy Sheriff Charles Daly, and Constable William Little were shot and killed while attempting to arrest members of the notorious Flores-Daniels Gang after its leader had escaped from San Quentin.

The gang ambushed the officers, killing them. Fifty-two members of the gang were arrested and 18 were hung for the murders.

Sheriff Barton was a U.S. Army veteran of the Mexican-American War and had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for five years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 18 people hung

ambush, escapee

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Rest in peace Sheriff Barton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 17, 2022

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