Type of Officer: City Marshal
Jurisdiction: Chetopa
County: Labette
Death Date: 8/25/1878
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Informed that a John Richmond was in possession of a stolen mule and was heading for Missouri, Marshal Clift, who was also a deputy U.S. Marshal, pursued Richmond and stopped him near Chetopa. Richmond agreed to return to town with the marshal but instead drew a revolver and shot him. A man who had followed Clift in pursuit of the thief took the marshal for medical care, but he died the same day. Richmond was captured, but when he was being brought back for trial, he was taken off the train by a mob and lynched from a bridge.