Deputy Sheriff James Carlysle

Deputy Sheriff James Carlysle

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, November 27, 1880

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James Carlysle

Deputy James Carlysle was shot and killed after leading a posse to capture the notorious Billy the Kid and his gang. After the gang had fired shots another deputy, Deputy Carlysle lead a posse on a 40 mile chase.

Deputy Carlysle entered the saloon where Billy the Kid and his gang were hiding to talk with them. In exchange one of Billy the Kid's gang was taken hostage by Deputy Carlysle's posse. After Deputy Carlysle did not return the posse threatened to kill their hostage if Deputy Carlysle was not returned. A shot was fired and Deputy Carlysle, thinking the posse had just killed their hostage, jumped from the window of the saloon, only to be shot by members of his own posse who mistook him for one of the outlaws.

Billy the Kid was later shot and killed.

The outlaw gang was responsible for the murders of several other law enforcement officers over the course of several years.


  • Age 20
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 27, 2017

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