Bishop in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
History of “Dangerous Arrest”
—Thursday, March 10, 1887 —
For the first time in many months the peace and calm of the town were disturbed by a succession of pistols shots last Saturday night. The shots were fired by Officer Plumley in arresting one Phillip Staiger for disorderly conduct and it was certainly a justifiable case.
Staiger went into Springsteads Saloon, and being drunk became abusive. Officer Plumley was appealed to and put Staiger out. Staiger was quiet for awhile, but went away and hunted up a pistol. He afterwards commenced to threaten persons on the street, in fact, did draw his pistol on David Hall. Plumley went to hunt him up and found him in the Headquarters Saloon. He searched Staiger, but found no weapon. Staiger went out into the street and became abusive. Plumley started to arrest him. Staiger presented a gun, and told him to stop. Plumley then drew his pistol and fired a shot by way of a frightener. It didn’t work that way though. Plumley fired three more shots to scare his man, but this man refused to scare. Concluding that it was time to act decidedly, the next shot was fired to hit. The bullet just furrowed along his neck, not seriously injuring him. The officer at once closed in on Staiger and handcuffed him. The charge against the prisoner is for resisting an officer. Had his pistol worked
Erected 2001 by Bishop Mural Society.
Location. 37° 21.702′ N, 118° 23.787′ W. Marker is in Bishop, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on West Line Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 West Line Street, Bishop CA 93514, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ernest Kinney Teamster Family Mural (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Little Kittie Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whiskey Creek History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slim Princess (approx. ¼ mile away); "Atlas Copco Mucker" (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mule (approx. 0.8 miles away); San Francis Ranch (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lynching of the Convicts (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bishop.
More about this marker. Mural painted by Robert Thomas, John Knowlton, and Rich Perkins. Located on the Police Station.
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