Town Marshal William Joe Giles

Town Marshal William Joe Giles

Winslow Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 1905

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William Joe Giles

Marshal Giles was shot and killed while attempting to quell an argument in a local saloon. An inebriated patron of the saloon and a roulette operator had become engaged in an argument and the patron, upset over his losses, threatened the operator with a gun. When Marshal Giles asked the man to put his gun away the man shot him four times. Marshal Giles returned fire but did not strike the suspect, who later turned himself in. The suspect, himself a deputy from Navajo County, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years but was pardoned after only a few years.

Marshal Giles had been with the agency for less than one year and was survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, his mother, two brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 Years

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Seven months after the famous shoot at Canyon Diablo, with Chet Houck Pete Pemberton and the two robbers of the Wigwam Saloon, April 7 1905, Pemberton drunkenly shot and killed Winslow Marshal Joe Giles in the Parlor Saloon (Far left of the 4th picture) Sheriff Houck refused to charge his trusty deputy because Pemberton had saved Houck's life at Canyon Diablo. Outraged citizens brought pressure on other authorities to arrest Pemberton in Holbrook because of local anger and resentment, the trial was moved to Prescott. Found guilty of second-degree murder, Pemberton was sentenced to 25 years, but was pardoned after serving only a few years. Sheriff Houck later lost his bid for reelection by a landslide. Joe Giles, Pemberton served his time in Yuma (A.T.) Federal Prison.

Kenn Evans, II
City of Winslow HPC

January 26, 2019

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