Sheriff Peter R. Lanahan

Sheriff Peter R. Lanahan

Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1871

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Peter R. Lanahan

Sheriff Lanahan was shot and killed after being setup following his recent election victory over the incumbent, the notorious Wild Bill Hickok. Several local outlaws staged a fight at a local saloon and when Sheriff Lanahan entered they shot him twice.

One of the suspects was shot and killed by Sheriff Lanahan. Sheriff Lanahan was buried in Boot Hill Cemetery, Hayes City, Kansas.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sheriff Lanahan,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ellis County.


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July 18, 2021

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