Type of Officer: Special Policeman
Jurisdiction: Caldwell
County: Sumner
Death Date: 12/17/1881
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Being threatened by a group of about five cowboys, former city marshal Meagher went to Caldwell City Marshal John Wilson for assistance or protection. Wilson asked Meagher to serve as a special policeman to assist in the arrest of one of the cowboys. As the two men approached the group, the cowboys dispersed. Later, with Meagher still acting as a special policeman, a Jim Talbot fired at Marshal Wilson. Wilson and Meagher circled the block, and on reappearing, Talbot shot and killed Meagher.