Harry Morse vs Narato Ponce

Harry Morse

It took Alameda County (CA) Sheriff Harry Morse (in photo) two tries to take down gunslinger Narato Ponce.

Ponce was wanted for murder when Morse and a posse cornered him on the night of November 1, 1867.  A shootout ensued; the outlaw was hit several times before escaping in the dark. The lawmen renewed the search.

They found Ponce on December 15 in the village of Pinole.  The bad man gamely fought until Morse put a fatal rifle bullet in his gut.  The body held 13 buckshot and three bullets from the earlier encounter.

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