Watchman Alex R. Coryell
Virginia City Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, June 25, 1891
Tour of Duty: Unknown
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Thursday, June 25, 1891
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Unknown
Watchman Coryell suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being assaulted by a prisoner at approximately 0100 hours. Watchman Coryell and another officer had arrested a man for public drunkenness. They encountered the man sleeping on B Street and when they woke him up, the man started to struggle with the officers. They were able to handcuff the man and as they walked him to the jail, the suspect suddenly struck Watchman Coryell in the face with his handcuffed hands, causing his nose to bleed profusely. Another violent struggle ensued and the officers were again able to subdue the man. After delivering the man to the county jail, the officers began to go out on patrol again when Watchman Coryell suddenly collapsed. His partner went for assistance but by the time he returned, Watchman Coryell had died.
Watchman Coryell was survived by his wife.