Sheriff John H. Paynter

Photo of Sheriff John H. Paynter
End of Watch: Thu, Oct 5th, 1865
Date of Incident: Thu, Oct 5th, 1865
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 1 year
Age: 41


Sheriff John Paynter and Deputy William Harville were shot and killed while trying to serve a murder warrant on two men.

Sherifff Paynter summoned six men to assist him in making the arrest and proceeded about twelve miles from Stockton, on the Oceola Road, where they came to the house. When Sheriff Paynter and the men entered the house they found one of the men in bed. As they approached the man he fired a weapon at Sheriff Paynter, killing him instantly. He then fired at Lieutenant Harville, killing him. A third officer in the room fired at the man but the man was able to escape with a party of men that had been hiding outside of the house.

Sheriff Paynter had previously served with the 6th Missouri Cavalry Volunteers.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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202 South High Street
Stockton, Missouri 65785
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