Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Junction City
Death Date: 11/13/1869
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
City Marshal Daniel McCleery, because of continued disturbances by a group of Texans, ordered the “rum” and billiard room of a shop closed. When the Texans refused to follow the order, the marshal called on Buchanan for assistance. Buchanan was shot and killed by James Coates and H. M. Childers. In 1872, Childers was found not guilty of actually shooting Buchanan and was freed. The local press said the acquittal was a “put up job,” but the technicality of Chiders’ not being proven to have actually shot was the key point. Coates had not been located.