Wyatt Earp approached Ike Clanton on June 2, 1881. He offered a deal: if Ike would turn over his friends who’d robbed the Benson stage six weeks earlier, Wyatt would give him the $6000 reward. Earp was hoping that a high-profile arrest would propel him into the sheriff’s office.
But the three robbers were killed within weeks of the offer. Ike accused Earp of telling others about the deal—which put Clanton in danger with other Cowboys. The whole affair was another step leading to the OK Corral fight.