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Jun. 29, 1872
Baxter Springs Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
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Fatal Incident Summary
Sat. Jun. 29, 1872
Marshal Taylor was shot and killed while attempting to arrest the city's mayor. The owner of a local lumberyard had sworn out a warrant against the mayor for the mayor's failure to pay his debt to the lumberyard. As Marshal Taylor attempted to arrest the mayor he was shot. The mayor initially refused to give himself up, but later, fearing he would be lynched, surrendered to authorities.
The mayor was charged with Marshal Taylor's murder but acquitted at trial.
Marshal Taylor had been appointed by the mayor two years earlier after the murder of City Marshal Henry Seaman. He had previous served as a United States Deputy Marshal.