Deputy Sheriff Carlos B. King

Deputy Sheriff Carlos B. King

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1871

Carlos B. King

Deputy Sheriff Carlos King was shot and killed in modern-day the area of 200 West 2nd Street, in Newton, by a suspect he had disarmed and thrown out of town for disturbing the peace.

The suspect left when ordered to leave, but returned to town after obtaining another gun. He located Deputy King and shot him to death. The suspect was never apprehended.

At the time of his murder, Newton, Kansas was part of Sedgwick County.

Deputy King was a Civil War veteran for the Union Army and was survived by his wife and two children. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

disturbance

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Details from the Harvey County Historical Museum: http://hchm.org/carlos-b-king/

Reporter for the Daily Commonwealth, Allegro again described the “details of the murder of Deputy Sheriff King.”

Around 10:00 pm, on the evening of September 23, 1871, Officers King and Carson, disarmed Thomas Edwards, a Texas cowboy, outside of a Hide Park establishment “in accordance with the requirements of the law.” Edwards was released after he gave up is pistol. King remained in Hide Park, while Carson returned to Newton.

About two hours later, Edwards returned to the Hide Park dance hall with a derringer. He approached Marshall King and pushed the weapon against King’s chest and fired.

“King staggered into the house, exclaiming ‘Who shot me?’ and immediately fell over . . .and a moment later he died.”

Edwards “fled” town.” In his account Allegro put forth the idea that Edwards had not acted alone, but that “it was a premeditated act – plotted by others and accomplished by Edwards.”

He concluded with words of praise for Carlos B.King.

“Thus perished Officer King, than whom there was no better gentleman nor truer friend, and no more respected man in Newton.” –Allegro, Commonwealth Reporter.

King’s funeral was well attended and many of Newton’s businesses closed during the ceremony. Carlos B. King was only 29 years old at the time of his death.

King was born on March 19, 1842 in Pennsylvania or New York to Senaca and Maryette King. In 1850, Senaca and Carlos were living in the household of Gilbert King in Orleans, Ionia County Michigan. Carlos was 18 when the Civil War broke out. He served as a Union soldier during the Civil War with two Michigan units; 3rd Inf (2nd Org.) Co. C, Capt., and 16th Inf. Co. B, 1st Sgt. He married Amanda Arnold on January 23, 1864 in Ionia County, Michigan. They had two daughters, Nina born in 1864, and Edith in 1868. Two years after the birth of Edith, Carlos was living in Wichita, Kansas while Amanda and the girls stayed with Amanda’s parents in Ionia County.

After Carlos was killed in Newton, Amanda applied for a Civil War pension, but was denied. In 1885, Amanda married Daniel P. Chapman and they had one son, Arthur. Carlos’ two daughters also died early, Nina in 1887 and Edith in 1891.

Carlos B. King Marker, Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Ks.
Carlos B. King Marker, Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Ks.

In 1872, King’s body was moved from the ‘Boot Hill’ cemetery to Greenwood Cemetery. He was one of the first to be buried there.

Because the shooting occurred before the official organization of Harvey County and Newton was part of Sedgwick County, King is also the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty for Sedgwick County. His name is listed at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the City Building at Central and Main in Wichita, Ks.

Dana S. Libby, Major (Ret.)
Fairfax County Police (Virginia)

September 17, 2018

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