Deputy Sheriff Otho H. Munger

Deputy Sheriff Otho H. Munger

Smith County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, September 27, 1919

Otho H. Munger

Deputy Sheriff Otho Munger was shot and killed in Athol, Kansas, while attempting to arrest two subjects whom he believed had robbed his pharmacy two weeks earlier.

Following the initial robbery, Deputy Munger was commissioned as a deputy sheriff for the western half of Smith County.

It is believed that Deputy Munger recognized the two men and began following them. When they were approximately one mile east of the city they stopped their vehicle just after crossing a set of railroad tracks on J Road. Deputy Munger pulled alongside of them and exited his car, at which point he was shot with a large caliber revolver.

The subjects then transferred their belongings to Deputy Munger's car and stole it. The car was later found abandoned in Superior, Nebraska.

Deputy Munger had served with the Smith County Sheriff's Office for approximately two weeks. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Munger,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for service and sacrifice for the citizens of Smith County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 27, 2017

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