City Marshal
Joseph C. Fishback Sr.
Cannelton Police Department
Thursday, November 8, 1900

Age: 38
Served: 1 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 7E, Line 32 (2021)
Panel L19, Line 14 (2021)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, November 6, 1900

Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
Seventh Street, Cannelton
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
Saint Michaels Cemetery, Cannelton

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   City Marshal Joseph Fishback died two days after being shot while attempting to arrest a subject who was disturbing the peace.

   On Election Day, a man had threatened to kill the brother of Marshal Fishback in the evening for refusing to vote. As the suspect went home to retrieve a revolver, Marshal Fishback was notified.

   When the suspect returned, an argument ensued and Marshal Fishback was shot twice in the abdomen by the suspect. He was taken to his residence where he died from his wounds two days later.

   The 22-year-old suspect was charged with murder. He was later convicted by a jury of manslaughter and sentenced to 2 to 21 years in prison.

   City Marshal Fishback was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, three brothers and two sisters.

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