Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Alexander Rice died from wounds he suffered over three months earlier when he was shot after responding to a disturbance at Shaffer's Saloon.
Two men began quarreling as they were playing cards and drinking, causing the saloon owner to request assistance from Marshal Rice.
Upon his arrival, he grabbed a third subject who had fired a shot into the ceiling when they were separated by one of the other men who hit Marshal Rice.
The 23-year-old third man then fired his pistol, striking Marshal Rice in the abdomen who returned fire and killed the suspect with a shot to his temple.
Town Marshal Rice was survived by his wife, newborn, 1-, 9- and 12-year-old sons, 7- and 14-year-old daughters, mother, brother and sister.
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