Let Sleeping Outlaws Lie Sheriff Jesse Tyler awoke the wrong men.

Sheriff Jesse Tyler
Sheriff Jesse Tyler.

Grand County (UT) Sheriff Jesse Tyler wasn’t expecting trouble on the morning of May 26, 1900.  He and two deputies—on the lookout for members of the Wild Bunch—approached several men sleeping in a camp on Hill Creek.  The lawmen didn’t realize, apparently, these were the guys they were seeking.

The outlaws, led by Kid Curry, awoke and grabbed their guns.  Tyler and Deputy Sam Jenkins tried to run away but were shot in the back and died on the spot.  The other lawman, Deputy Herman Day, managed to escape.

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