Deputy Constable Richard L. Ryan
Ophir City Constable's Office
End of Watch: Saturday, August 31, 1867
Tour of Duty: 1 day
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, August 31, 1867
Weapon Used: Handgun, revolver
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Deputy Constable Ryan was shot and killed as he attempted to confiscate two mules on which a levy had been placed. The mules were owned by two brothers who owed money to a local business. As a result, the local justice imposed the levy on the two mules.
The city's constable had arrested the two brothers and as he tried to collect the mules one of the men threatened to shoot him. The constable and the local justice deputized Deputy Constable Ryan, who proceeded to confiscate the mules. After walking a short distance with the mules one of the brothers appeared and opened fire on Deputy Constable Ryan. The two then exchanged several more shots until Deputy Constable Ryan was struck in the chest and killed.