|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1885|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1915|
San Juan County
Deputy Joseph C. Akin
Died on February 21, 1915
United States Marshals Service.
Deputy Akin, 29, was a deputized member of a posse raised in Dolores, Colorado, to serve a federal murder warrant on a member of a Piute band living along the Colorado-Utah border. The fugitive band was located camped on the outskirts of Bluff, Utah. As the posse rode toward the camp, they were fired upon by several members of the band.
A prolonged gun battle ensued during which Deputy Akin was shot through the head and instantly killed. An unknown number of Piute Indians were also killed. The band eventually surrendered and several of its members incarcerated. No one person was tried for the murder of Deputy Akin.
He was survived by his wife and a young daughter. Buried in Dolores, Colorado, Deputy Akin's bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by Attorney General's Chief of Law Enforcement Services Ken and Janet Wallentine.
*This information was found on utahsfallen.org and posted here with their permission.
James P. Akin (1848 - 1917)
Alice Akin (1855 - 1948)
Winifred Laura House Akin (1885 - 1953)
James Edward Akin (1875 - 1944)*
Thomas H Akin (1878 - 1953)*
Joseph Carl Akin (1885 - 1915)
Roy Durwood Akin (1887 - 1960)*
Paul Merritt Akin (1893 - 1948)*
Summit Ridge Cemetery
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