Sheriff James R. Barton

EOW: Jan 23, 1857

James R. Barton

Sheriff James Barton, Constable Charles Baker, Deputy Charles Daly, and Constable William Little were shot and killed while attempting to arrest members of the notorious Flores-Daniels Gang.

The gang ambushed the officers, killing them. 52 members of the gang were arrested and 18 were hung for the murders.

Sheriff Barton was a U.S. Army veteran of the Mexican-American War and had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for five years.