Policeman William J. Kelly

Policeman William J. Kelly

Austin Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 1876

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William J. Kelly

Policeman William Kelly was stabbed to death after being ambushed and attacked by a female suspect to whom he had given a warning earlier in the day.

The woman had been involved in a quarrel with another woman at the racetrack in Austin, Nevada when Deputy Kelley intervened.

After the races, Deputy Kelley encountered the suspect a second time in front of a saloon on Cedar Street. During the encounter, the woman stabbed Deputy Kelley in the chest. Although mortally wounded, Deputy Kelley was able to shoot the woman in the leg. He died minutes later.

The woman was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Policeman Kelly had served with the Austin Police Department for six years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Charged with murder


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Officer Kelly,
On today, the 138th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Austin.


United States Border Patrol

August 6, 2015

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