Deputy Sheriff Adolph Cuny

Deputy Sheriff Adolph Cuny

Laramie County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

End of Watch Sunday, July 22, 1877

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Adolph Cuny

Deputy Sheriff Adolph Cuny was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect at Six Mile Station along the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Trail near modern-day Chugwater, Platte County.

Deputy Cuny and another citizen had been deputized to assist the regular sheriff's deputy with serving the warrant. The suspect and his associates had murdered a stagecoach driver during a robbery along the trail.

The man was located inside a building at the station and placed under arrest. Deputy Cuny was holding him at gunpoint after he attempted to grab two nearby revolvers. Moments later one of his associates who was hiding in an adjacent room opened the door and shot Deputy Cuny in the side, killing him. The suspects all fled but were later apprehended. One of the men was convicted of manslaughter for murdering Deputy Cuny.

Deputy Cuny was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

murder suspect, warrant service

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Deputy Cuny,

It is a great honor to see your name engraved on this National Police Memorial Wall in Washington DC. The State of Wyoming also did a nice job on May 15, 2011 recognizing your sacrifice for your dedication to civility and the Rule of Law to your Wyoming community. Your enshrinement to the Wyoming LEO Memorial was witnessed by your last living grandson, Pat Cuny whom I'm sure he is with you now. Your great grandson, Dave Cuny and family and many of your descendants also were in attendance. You are a legend in the Cuny family and your name is spoken often. You were truly never forgotten even after 142 years.

On May 13, 2019 your name was spoken aloud by the Attorney General of The United States of America, William Barr, during the reading of the LEO names that were being added to this National Police Memorial and dedicated on May 15, 2019. It was truly my honor to have been a part of the recognition of your history.

Sergeant. James Rainforth
City of Orange, NJ Police Dept. Nephew of Dave Cuny

May 16, 2019

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