City Marshal William G. Jones

City Marshal William G. Jones

Cherryvale Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Monday, December 28, 1903

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William G. Jones

Marshal William Jones was shot and killed as he attempted to serve a state warrant on a suspect. He and a deputy had gone to the man's home on a Sunday to ask him to turn himself in the following day.

The man initially denied his identity, but when Marshal Jones realized he was the wanted man he forced entry back into the home to arrest him. As Marshal Jones walked up the home's stairs the man opened fire from above, striking him in the head.

The deputy pulled Marshal Jones from the home and took him back to town. Marshal Jones succumbed to the wound early the following morning.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murdering Marshal Jones. He was convicted of third degree manslaughter.

Marshal Jones had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 27, 1903
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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As a former dispatcher, born a Jones in Cherryvale, Ks in the 80's, with Kin from Laurel County Kentucky, same as the Marshal William G Jones' family history and the uncanny resemblance to my cousin and uncle, I feel a great deal of sadness and strong connection to the Marshal. We will share your story, visit your headstone and remember your legacy as we dig to find the family information we are missing to make connections.

Thank you for your service Marshal W. G. Jones

Dispatcher James #205
Parsons PD

May 6, 2019

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