Deputy Sheriff Charles Layton

Deputy Sheriff Charles Layton

Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, November 19, 1855

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Charles Layton

Deputy Sheriff Charles Layton, Deputy Sheriff Jim Beckwith, and Deputy Sheriff Joaquin De La Torre were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murdering two other people.

They were members of a posse organized by the sheriff that had gone to the man's shack along the Salinas River south of Rancho El Tucho (Rancho Las Salinas). A woman came to the back door and told Deputy De La Torre that the suspect was not there. The man suddenly emerged from inside and fatally shot Deputy De La Torre before shooting Deputy Layton and Deputy Beckwith.

The man fled on Deputy Beckwith's horse but was later captured by a mob and lynched.

Deputy Layton succumbed to his wounds nine days later.

Deputy Layton was a military veteran.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 10, 1855
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

murder suspect, warrant service

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Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 162nd anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 10, 2017

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