Town Marshal
Albert Byers Sr.
Diamond Town Marshal's Office
Sunday, April 9, 1905

Age: 34
Served:
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, April 9, 1905
07:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:

Incident County:
Parke
Incident Township:
Raccoon
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
Acquitted
Burial Place:
Clear Run Cemetery, Bridgeton

   Marshal Albert Byers was shot and killed during an altercation with a saloonkeeper as a result of his enforcement of local gambling laws.

   A former town marshal was assaulting another man inside Dowen's Saloon when the saloonkeeper attempted to intervene.

   When Marshal Byers confronted him, the conversation escalated to an argument and the saloonkeeper was struck on the head with a mace.

   The saloonkeeper pulled a revolver and fired once, striking Marshal Byers above his right temple, killing him almost instantly.

   The suspect fled the scene but surrendered to the Parke County sheriff claiming self-defense and was later acquitted at trial by a jury.

   Several threats had been recently made by the suspect toward Marshal Byers for his enforcement action against local gambling rooms and slot machines. 

   Marshal Byers was survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters, parents, five brothers and two sisters.


The responsibilities of the Diamond Town Marshal's Office (1902–1912) are now under the jurisdiction of the Parke County Sheriff's Department.

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This officer has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death by the Parke County Sheriff's Department to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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