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Ellsworth County Sheriff's Department Agency Patch
Resided: KS, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Aug. 18, 1873
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 31 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Ellsworth County Sheriff's Dept.
KS   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Sheriff
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 3 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: KS   USA   Mon. Aug. 18, 1873
Summary: Sheriff Chancey Whitney was accidentally shot and killed. After breaking up a fight in local saloon involving another officer, Sheriff Whitney, and two civilians, exited the saloon and were walking down the street when the other officer involved in the fight ran into the street and began firing his gun. As the Sheriff Whitney turned to answer the gunfire one of the civilian's shotguns discharged and struck Sheriff Whitney in the chest. He died three days later.

The officer who started the disturbance was later fired, re-hired, fired again and was killed on October 16, 1877. The civilian suspect was also involved in three other killings and wounding a man; it is unknown if he was either aquitted or never tried. The civilian suspect died on September 6, 1897 of natural causes.

Sheriff Whitney had served with the agency for 3 years and had previously been a U.S. Army Scout. He was survived by his wife and daughter and is buried in Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth, Kansas.

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