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Deputy Sheriff Carlos B. King

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1871

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Carlos B. King

No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 23, 2020

The Best of Us


Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office (Retired)

In Honored Memory of

Deputy Carlos B. King
EOW: 09/23/1871

In a familiar place in a different time
A simple man took a stand against crime
He left behind war’s horror and strife
Seeking a to make a new life
He was the best of us

Patrolling the streets of a frontier town
Keeping the peace after the sun went down
Treating citizens with honor and respect
Understanding what it meant to serve and protect
He was the best of us

Then one sad September day
He sent a rowdy cowboy on his way
Who a short time later returned to town
Pulled a gun and shot the deputy down
He was the worst of us

Lost to the pages of history
We honor this deputy’s legacy
He stood his ground and answered the call
On a September day he gave his all
He was the best of us.

Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office (Retired)

March 11, 2019

Details from the Harvey County Historical Museum:

Reporter for the Daily Commonwealth, Allegro again described the “details of the murder of Deputy Sheriff King.”

Around 10:00 pm, on the evening of September 23, 1871, Officers King and Carson, disarmed Thomas Edwards, a Texas cowboy, outside of a Hide Park establishment “in accordance with the requirements of the law.” Edwards was released after he gave up is pistol. King remained in Hide Park, while Carson returned to Newton.

About two hours later, Edwards returned to the Hide Park dance hall with a derringer. He approached Marshall King and pushed the weapon against King’s chest and fired.

“King staggered into the house, exclaiming ‘Who shot me?’ and immediately fell over . . .and a moment later he died.”

Edwards “fled” town.” In his account Allegro put forth the idea that Edwards had not acted alone, but that “it was a premeditated act – plotted by others and accomplished by Edwards.”

He concluded with words of praise for Carlos B.King.

“Thus perished Officer King, than whom there was no better gentleman nor truer friend, and no more respected man in Newton.” –Allegro, Commonwealth Reporter.

King’s funeral was well attended and many of Newton’s businesses closed during the ceremony. Carlos B. King was only 29 years old at the time of his death.

King was born on March 19, 1842 in Pennsylvania or New York to Senaca and Maryette King. In 1850, Senaca and Carlos were living in the household of Gilbert King in Orleans, Ionia County Michigan. Carlos was 18 when the Civil War broke out. He served as a Union soldier during the Civil War with two Michigan units; 3rd Inf (2nd Org.) Co. C, Capt., and 16th Inf. Co. B, 1st Sgt. He married Amanda Arnold on January 23, 1864 in Ionia County, Michigan. They had two daughters, Nina born in 1864, and Edith in 1868. Two years after the birth of Edith, Carlos was living in Wichita, Kansas while Amanda and the girls stayed with Amanda’s parents in Ionia County.

After Carlos was killed in Newton, Amanda applied for a Civil War pension, but was denied. In 1885, Amanda married Daniel P. Chapman and they had one son, Arthur. Carlos’ two daughters also died early, Nina in 1887 and Edith in 1891.

Carlos B. King Marker, Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Ks.
Carlos B. King Marker, Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Ks.

In 1872, King’s body was moved from the ‘Boot Hill’ cemetery to Greenwood Cemetery. He was one of the first to be buried there.

Because the shooting occurred before the official organization of Harvey County and Newton was part of Sedgwick County, King is also the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty for Sedgwick County. His name is listed at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the City Building at Central and Main in Wichita, Ks.

Dana S. Libby, Major (Ret.)
Fairfax County Police (Virginia)

September 17, 2018

Rest in Peace, Deputy King. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 138th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 26, 2009

I am glad we on the department were finally able to realize and properly honor your sacrifice after so many years. In knowing the story, you were brave and did your job the right way and protected the citizens of our young county. Your actions honored the profession and encourge those that came after you. Further honoring of your life is forthcoming. Rest in Peace.

Capt. Jim Woods
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

June 29, 2005

Thank You for your sacrafice. God Speed.

Inv. Michael Walkert
Tallahassee Police Department

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