Deputy Sheriff Wesley F. Cherry

Deputy Sheriff Wesley F. Cherry

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, March 6, 1854

Wesley F. Cherry

Deputy Sheriff Wesley Cherry was shot and killed while searching for murder suspects.

He and the county sheriff were part of a posse searching for a group of suspects wanted for murder. The posse traveled by canoe and apprehended the suspects on Holmes Beach. As they were taking the suspects into custody, they were ambushed. Deputy Cherry was shot and died the next day. Two other deputies were wounded, but later recovered.

Deputy Cherry had served with the King County Sheriff's Office for one day.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 5, 1854
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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As reported in the March 11, 1854 edition of the "Pioneer and Democrat" newspaper, Deputy Cherry died in Seattle on March 6, 1854, not 1853. Between 1854 and 1867, Deputy Cherry was buried in four different cemeteries. His final resting place is Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.

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