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Warrensburg And Johnson County By Carol Berkland, Herb Best, Lisa Irle ,
Marshal Ryan and Officer James Basham were shot and killed, and another officer was wounded while attempting to disarm a deranged man at a local hotel. Officers and a hotel porter returned fire killing the man. Marshal Ryan had been elected Marshal three years earlier.
City Marshall Ryan and Night Marshall Basham were fatally shot and killed in a 1908 shootout at the old Hotel Estes (which used to be located to the southern cattycorner of City Hall). Byron Hall, declared insane by the testimonies of witnesses and family members, was apparently under the belief that attackers were pursuing him for $500 he had earned herding sheep. Before Hall committed suicide by shooting himself into his own heart, he shot Ryan 3 times and sent Basham to his death with a steel bullet that passed entirely through the Night Marshall’s body. Basham and Ryan are both buried about 100 feet North of the Confederate Memorial in Sunset Hill Cemetary, Warrensburg, Missouri.
Wallace Crossley's paper showed a penchant for solid reporting, including on April 18, 1908, when Byron Hall arrived in town by train. He toted an automatic pistol and seemed out of his head. Marshal James Ryan, Assistant Marshal James E. Basham and Officer Robert Polk approached Hall outside a hotel and tried to take the gun. The Star-Journal headlined the story, "Warrensburg Police Officers Slaughtered," and provided solid details of the shootout that left Ryan and Basham dead, and Hall wounded before committing suicide.
Part of the account states: "The five shots, every one of which did deadly work, were fired within two or three seconds. Such wholesale killing would have been impossible with any other sort of weapon. Had Hall been armed with an ordinary pistol, no more than one shot would have been fired under such circumstances and nobody would likely have been killed."
James E. Basham, Killed in the Line of Duty
Warrensburg, Missouri 1908ID: I32621
Name: James Edward Basham
Birth: 25 DEC 1860 in Grain Valley, Jackson Co., Missouri
Burial: Sunset Cemetery
Death: 20 APR 1908 in Warrensburg, Johnson Co., Missouri
Marshals.— 1868-1870. W. S. Snow: 1871, J. K. Miller; 1872. E. H. Shotwell; 1873, L. Collins; 1874, Eli Allman ; 1875, O. A. Redford ; 1876, S. J. Jackson; 1877-1880, H. F. Clark: 1881-82, P. A. Matthews; 1883-84, P. A. Magoon; 1885-86. D. R. Smith: 1887. R. F. Dalton: 1888. R. F. Dai- ton, Thomas H. Dillard ; 1889-1894, J. E. Morrison: 1895-96, George W. Warnick; 1897, W. H. Welch: 1898, W. H. Welch, George F. Fisher, K. G. Tempel; 1899-1900, K. G. Tempel, 1901-02. Carlisle Chase: 1901-07, James Ryan; 1908, William Ogle; 1909-12. A. Gaubert ; 1913 to present, B. G. Brown. Assistant Marshals.— 1892, Charles Morrison; 1893, Lewis Davis; 1894, J. A. House; 1895, W. C. Johnson; 1896, R. H. Davis: 1807, K. G. Tempel; 1898-1900, J. P. Hampton; 1901. J. A. Burnett and James Ryan; 1902. James Ryan; 1903-06. B. G. Brown; 1907. James Basham ; 1908. George A. Howard; 1909-12. B. G. Brown: 1913 to present, J. W. Ouarles.
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James Ryan & James E. Basham