Sheriff John L. Blackburn
Carson County Sheriff's Office, Nevada
End of Watch: Tbursday, November 28, 1861
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Stabbed
Date of Incident: Thursday, November 28, 1861
Weapon Used: Edged weapon, knife
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Sheriff Blackburn was stabbed to death while attempting to arrest a suspect he had released from the Territorial Jail earlier in the day. As Sheriff Blackburn attempted to take the man into custody, he was stabbed several times in the chest with a bowie knife. The suspect was reported to have been harboring a fugitive murder suspect.
Sheriff Blackburn had been appointed the High Sheriff of Carson County when Nevada became a Territory in March of 1861. Before that he had been the Sheriff while Carson County was part of the Utah Territory. He was survived by his wife and child.