Sheriff George Washington Law

Sheriff George Washington Law

Callaway County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, August 23, 1873

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George Washington Law

Sheriff George Law and Deputy Sheriff W.W. Dundon were shot and killed while escorting a prisoner from the courthouse to jail after the man was convicted of a crime.

An angry crowd on horses attacked the carriage on Mexico Road, near the Synodical College in Fulton, and fired into it. Sheriff Law and Deputy Dundon were both mortally wounded.

Sheriff Law died nine days later and Deputy Dundon died 19 days later.

A suspect was charged with both murders but was acquitted at his trial seven months later.

Sheriff Law was a Confederate Army veteran of the Civil War.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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