Type of Officer: Undersheriff
Jurisdiction: Labette County
County: Labette
Death Date: 4/20/1870
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Accidental Gunshot
Several versions exist of the shooting of Undersheriff Bodine by a man named Patterson. One indicates that Bodine and Patterson, who met in the street, were having a disagreement and Patterson pulled a pistol, waved it, and shot the undersheriff. Another story indicates that Patterson playfully flourished the weapon at Bodine and it accidentally discharged, instantly killing him. A coroner’s inquest ruled it accidental. Undersheriff Bodine was on duty at the time.