Type of Officer: Undersheriff
Jurisdiction: Coffey County
Death Date: 5/6/1930
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
An armed and suspicious-acting man was observed boarding a train without a ticket. Undersheriff Rickman ordered him off the train and to surrender the gun he was carrying. The suspect, Clarence Hays, fatally shot Rickman and wounded City Marshal George Griffith. Hays, wanted for escape from General Hospital in Kansas City, had robbed two cab drivers and had forced one to transport him to Burlington. Following Rickman’s death, Hays was located and killed by a posse.