City Marshal Fred White Dangerously and Perhaps

Fatally Wounded-Arrest of the Shooter and His companions

"About 12:30 last night a series of pistol shots startled the late goers on the streets, and visions of funerals, etc. flitted through the brain of the EPITAPH local, and the result proved that his surmise was correct. The result in a few words is as follows:

A lot of Texan cowboys, as they are called, began firing at the moon and stars on Allen street, near Sixth. City Marshal White, who happened to be in the immediate neighborhood, interfered to prevent the violation of the city ordinance, and was ruthlessly shot by one of the number. Deputy Sheriff Earp, who is ever to the front when duty calls, arrived just in the nick of time. Seeing the Marshal fall, he promptly knocked the assailant down with a six-shooter, and as promptly locked him up, and with the assistance of his brothers, Virgil and Morgan, went in pursuit of the others. That he found them, an inventory of the roster of the City Prison this morning will testify. Marshal White was shot in the left groin, the ball passing nearly through, and being cut from his buttock by Dr. Matthews. The wound is a serious though not fatal one. Too much praise cannot be given ti the Marshal for his gallant attempt to arrest the violaters of the ordinance, nor to Deputy Sheriff Earp and his brothers for the energy displayed in bringing the murderers to arrest. At last accounts, 8 A.M., Marshal White was sleeping and strong hopes of his ultimate recovery were expected." Tombstone Daily Epitaph, October 28, 1880.

"The party who shot Marshal White on Tuesday night was brought before Judge Gray yesterday morning on a warrant charging him with assault to murder. The complaint was made by Deputy Sheriff Earp. The prisoner asked [for a delay until] 10 o'clock to enable him to secure counsel. At 10 o'clock the prisoner reappeared in company with his counsel, Judge Haynes, of Tucson, and waiving examination, was committed to jail to await the next meeting of the Grand Jury. He gave the name William Roscitis and claimed to hail from San Simon country. Rumor at the time being rife that Marshal White would not live until sundown, and that a Vigilance committee was organizing to hang the prisoner, it was deemed best to take him at once to Tucson. A buggy was at hand and Deputy Sheriff Earp, accompanied by George Collins, started. They were guarded for several miles out of town by Messrs. Virgil and Morgan Earp, and others." Tombstone Epitaph, October 29, 1880.

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