Type of Officer: Deputy
Jurisdiction: Dunlap
County: Morris
Death Date: 5/12/1900
Added to Memorial: 2003
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On the evening of May 12, 1900, James Edward Roberts and and another deputized Dunlap, Kansas citizen stationed themselves on the railroad bridge north of town in an attempt to capture two prisoners who had escaped from the Marysville prison. As Mr. Roberts peered over the edge of the bridge, one of the escaped prisoners, wielding a shotgun from ground level underneath the bridge, shot and killed Mr. Roberts. The fugitives fled the scene of the shooting but were captured two days later near Hartford. Mr. Roberts left a wife and several children.