Deputy Sheriff William A. Daniels

Deputy Sheriff William A. Daniels

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, June 9, 1885

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William A. Daniels

Deputy Daniels was killed when he was ambushed by Apache Indians near Bisbee.

He was riding with two companions when his horse was shot and killed. The horse fell on him, pinning him to the ground. He used his rifle to defend himself but was quickly overwhelmed by the Indians who cut his throat. His companions fled back to Bisbee for help. When they got back, they were unable to track the Indians.

In 1883 he apprehended three of the five men who killed Deputy Sheriff Tom Smith of the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Daniels was a Union Civil War Veteran who served as a private with the Nebraska 2nd Calvary, Company E. He was survived by his wife and five young children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Uncle Billy,
Your story has been passed down through the years in the Daniels family. You are famous in our family legacy. We are all so proud of you.

Barbara Daniels Dena, Moline, IL
Great niece

February 28, 2024

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