Type of Officer: Deputy Sheriff and Constable
Jurisdiction: Sumner County
County: Sumner
Death Date: 11/20/1920
Added to Memorial: 2004
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On the the evening of November 20, 1920, Sumner County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas “Nick” Damett, accompanied by the Oxford city marshal, attempted to arrest two brothers who were walking down an Oxford, Kansas street. The men were suspected of stealing a revolver from a local citizen earlier in the day. Before the two officers could make the arrest, one of the suspects drew a gun and shot Deputy Sheriff Damett in the chest, killing him instantly. Damett was 46 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and 10 year old daughter.