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. A month later the woman had an examination before the justice of the peace and was discharged for reasons unknown.

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 Set free


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Rest in peace knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

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