Sheriff Seldon B. Lard

Sheriff Seldon B. Lard

Riley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 20, 1897

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Seldon B. Lard

Sheriff Lard was shot and killed while he and a deputy attempted to serve a warrant for disturbing the peace and a prohibition violation to a man. When they encountered the man on a street the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding the Sheriff. The suspect was later apprehended by citizens.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on January 4, 1911.

Sheriff Lard was survived by his wife and eleven children. He is buried in Peach Grove Cemetery in Riley County.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Sheriff Lard,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Riley County.


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October 20, 2022

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