Sheriff Clarendon D. Miller

Sheriff Clarendon D. Miller

Brule County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, September 6, 1931

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Clarendon D. Miller

Sheriff Clarendon Miller suffered a fatal heart attack while trying to stop a gang fight at a barn dance near Pukwana, South Dakota.

It was first thought that he sustained a fatal blow to the head while he tried to break up the fight. But an autopsy revealed that he died from a heart attack. Sheriff Miller had made several requests to the county commissioners to revoke the license of the dance hall as he reported numerous times that it was a "breeder of lawlessness of all kinds."

A suspect was tried but acquitted in connection with Sheriff Miller's murder.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Sheriff Miller,
Even though it’s been 90 years since since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered-especially by your Family. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brule County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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