The posse rode out of Price, UT in May 1898. They had reports that Butch Cassidy and members of the Wild Bunch were camped nearby. Exact details are sketchy, but the lawmen apparently fire on the outlaws while they were asleep. Two of the gang died on the spot, the others were captured.
The posse thought they’d killed Butch and captured Elzy Lay. But when they got them back to town, they dead men were identified as rustlers Joe Walker and Johnny Herring—and Lay was not in tow. The posse still collected a reward.