Deputy Sheriff William B. Weaver

Deputy Sheriff William B. Weaver
Elko County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Thursday, August 5, 1880

Biographical Information:
Age: 36
Tour of Duty: Unknown
Badge Number: Unknown

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, August 2, 1880
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed



Deputy Weaver succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier by a man who identified him as a deputy. Deputy Weaver was playing poker with the suspect and another man when the suspect and the third man got into a fight. Deputy Weaver attempted to break up the fight when the man said, "You are an officer I believe." When Deputy Weaver acknowledged that he was an officer, the suspect jumped up, told Deputy Weaver that no officer would arrest him, and then shot him. Deputy Weaver returned fire and both men were shot several times.

The suspect died at the scene. Deputy Weaver was seriously wounded and died three days later.

Deputy Weaver was survived by his two children, mother, and two sisters.