Sheriff William Moses

Sheriff William Moses

Rosebud County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Monday, January 19, 1914

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William Moses

Sheriff William Moses was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in the town of Rosebud.

He had gone to the town to conduct a sale and while he was there, he was given a warrant on a subject for disturbing the peace. He went to the man's home and was greeted by the man's wife, who came onto the porch carrying a Winchester rifle. The woman accidentally fired the rifle, prompting her husband to start shooting his gun. Sheriff Moses was struck twice and killed.

The subject was arrested a short time later after officers from Forsyth came to the scene. The subject was charged with murder, tried, and found not guilty on May 27, 1914.

Sheriff Moses had served as sheriff for two years. He had previously served as a Montana stock inspector for one year and had served several terms as sheriff in a county in Wyoming. He was survived by his son and preceded in death by his wife and two children. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Butte County, South Dakota.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Sheriff Moses,
Sir, it has taken over 100 years but you are finally being honored.
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rosebud County.


United States Border Patrol

September 29, 2015

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