Type of Officer: Sheriff
Jurisdiction: Barber County
County: Barber
Death Date: 3/21/1908
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On March 19, 1908, Sheriff McCracken and City Marshal Bunton of Kiowa were attempting to serve a warrant on one James Clark for selling whiskey. As the two approached Clark’s house, the suspect ran and hid in the outdoor privy. As the sheriff attempted to talk him into surrendering, Clark shot through the privy door and fatally wounded McCracken. The marshal wounded Clark as he attempted to escape.