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

Age: 34
Served:
Badge #:
Military Service:
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 Info:
Apprehended
Burial Location:
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.

   As the saloonkeeper accompanied one of two citizens home who had been involved in a fight in front of a livery barn, Marshal Byers followed the two subjects. As Marshal Byers confronted the saloonkeeper the conversation escalated to an argument leading to Marshal Byers striking the saloonkeeper on the head with his 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 later surrendered to the Parke County sheriff claiming self-defense for his actions. Marshal Byers had issued sweeping orders against local gambling rooms and slot machines, among them the suspect's saloon. The suspect had made several threats toward Marshal Byers for his enforcement actions. The town of Diamond was dissolved in 1912, some ten years after its incorporation.

   Marshal Byers was survived by his wife and five small children.


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