Deputy William J. Bates

Deputy William J. Bates

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, April 30, 1879

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William J. Bates

Deputy William Bates and Deputy James Coggburn were shot and killed while leading a posse that was pursuing several horse thieves along Bee Creek, near the Missouri - Arkansas state border.

Both deputies were killed during a shootout that ensued after the posse cornered the subjects in a cabin. The owner of the cabin and a suspect were shot and killed. The others escaped.

Deputy Bates was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

April 30, 2021

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