Lieutenant William L. Harville

Lieutenant William L. Harville

Cedar County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 1865

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William L. Harville

Lieutenant William Harville and Sheriff John Payntor were shot and killed while trying to serve a murder warrant on two men.

Sheriff Payntor summoned six men to assist him in making the arrest and proceeded about twelve miles from Stockton, on the Oceola Road, where they arrived at the house. When Sheriff Payntor and the men entered the house they found one of the men in bed. As they approached the man he fired a weapon at Sheriff Payntor, killing him instantly. He then fired at Lieutenant Harville, killing him. A third officer in the room fired at the man but the man was able to escape with others who had been hiding outside of the house.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Lieutenant William Harville, another young deputy was laid to rest in the same cemetery (Lindley Prairie) that you have rested in for many years. Cedar County Deputy Matthew Chism was a fine young man, that sacrificed his life as you did. You have never been forgotten for the sacrifice you made. R.I.P.

Jan Dwerlkotte
wife of Cedar Co. MO Sheriff Leon Dwerlkotte

November 11, 2014

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