Sheriff Peter R. Lanahan

Sheriff Peter R. Lanahan

Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1871

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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I'm so sorry this happened. I hope Wild Bill Hickock, a distant relative of mine had nothing to do with it.

David Weeks

June 2, 2018

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