Lieutenant William Leftridge Harville

Photo of Lieutenant William Leftridge Harville
End of Watch: Thu, Oct 5th, 1865
Date of Incident: Thu, Oct 5th, 1865
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 30


His wife and four children


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

Sherifff Payntor 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 Payntor 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 Payntor, 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.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Cedar County Sheriff's Office Patch
202 South High Street
Stockton, Missouri 65785
(417) 276-5133


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