Sheriff Bernard F. Kearns

Sheriff Bernard F. Kearns

Holt County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

End of Watch Monday, March 28, 1881

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Bernard F. Kearns

Sheriff Bernard Kearns was shot and killed after breaking up a disturbance being caused by a group of cowboys.

One of the men was able to get a friend to accompany him to confront the sheriff later in the day. When they did so, the friend opened fire on Sheriff Kearns, killing him.

Despite being mortally wounded, Sheriff Kearns returned fire, but accidentally wounded a deputy who was coming to his aid.

The suspect was acquitted of Sheriff Kearns' murder.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Sheriff Kearns,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Holt County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 28, 2021

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