Constable William Stewart Mettler

Constable William Stewart Mettler

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 6, 1873

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William Stewart Mettler

Constable Mettler was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant near Tehachepi. The man who killed him was a member of a gang of desperados whose leader was Tiburcio Vasquez one of California's most notorious bandits

A member of the gang shot and killed Constable William H. Hardmount of the Monteray Constable's Office on September 2, 1854. The gang roamed Southern California robbing and killing from 1854 until 1874 when Vasquez was captured. Vasquez who blamed all the murders on members of his gang was hanged in 1875.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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On the 145th anniversary of your untimely death, we remember your service to the citizens of Kern County.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

November 6, 2018

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