In Topeka, Kansas, John Ritchie shoots and kills U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms during attempted arrest

John Ritchie, a prominent citizen of Topeka, Kansas and a Free-Soil veteran of the Kansas fighting, shot and killed Deputy U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms, who had come to his home to arrest him on an old charge of robbing a post office during the troubles.  Ritchie turned himself in and was released by a court and a judge in Topeka who saw neither justification nor legality in the attempted arrest.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 813.
 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Crime/Disasters
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