Sheriff James T. Dana

Sheriff James T. Dana

Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, September 20, 1871

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James T. Dana

Sheriff James Dana was shot with a glass-tipped arrow while riding with a posse in search of a man who murdered a woman in Arizona City.

The posse had gone into a river bottom to arrest the man and became engaged in a battle with local Indians. Sheriff Dana died two days after being struck by the arrow. The killer was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He later escaped and was never recaptured.

Sheriff Dana had served with the Yuma County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in Yuma Pioneer Cemetery.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, September 18, 1871
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Bow and arrow
  • Offender Escaped from prison

murder suspect

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Sheriff Dana,
Sir, even though it’s been over 150 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Yuma County.


United States Border Patrol

October 1, 2021

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