Gunfight at Saucelito Valley

Harry Morse gunfight with Juan Soto

Juan Soto was a killer and bandit in California in the 1860s and ‘70s—until he met lawman Harry Morse.

Morse tracked Soto and his gang to an adobe in the Saucelito Valley on May 14, 1871.  A gunfight ensued, with Soto and the sheriff exchanging numerous shots in a face-to-face battle.  Morse put a rifle bullet into Soto’s right shoulder, and the outlaw charged him, firing with pistols in both hands.

Morse took careful aim and put a bullet in the hard case’s head, ending the career of one of the worst of the worst.

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