Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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. He was later acquitted by a jury.
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.