George William Orrill

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George William Orrill  - POLICEMAN KILLS A NEGRO. victim sad first...
POLICEMAN KILLS A NEGRO. victim sad first woxtntjed PATHOUIAir 2CTJSJLAT WITH KNIFE AND PISTOL He and Another Officer Were Trying' To Arrest the Colored Man When, the Trouble Occurred. MTJBBAYS COHDITIOir SEHI0TJS. - O. W. OrrUTs barber shop, at 1012 Baxter avenue, was the scene and Patrolmen Patrolmen Murray aid Bradley and a te-gro te-gro te-gro named John Euckner were the actors actors In' a tragedy that rudely disturbed the Sunday calm at Hamilton and Pax ter avenues about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. ' ' Buckner was a man of about twenty three years of age. and for the past six months- months- had been employed as a porter, by Mv. OrrilL Yesterday afternoon afternoon he placed his bootblack's chair across the sidewalk In front of the shop in such a mahner as to .nrcrfere alth persons passing by. Patrolmen Murray and Bradley were standing at the ctr-nes. ctr-nes. ctr-nes. and, noticing the Inconvenience to which the negro's action was putting pedestrians, they went up t Mm and told him to change the position of the chair. The negro refused and Murray had Just placed his hand on him to put him under arrest for disorderly conduct when the bootBlack dvw a knife and made a swing at Murray's throat. The pajfrolman started back nd the knife caught him on the left cheek, laying It open. The negro succeeded In cutting him twice more, oncj on the face and on the arm. and then turned and ran in through the open door of tho shop. The officers followed, snd as they entered entered the door saw vac negro standing In one corner of the room with, an American "bulldog" la his hand. Aa soon as the negro caught right of the policemen he opened ire. Th first bullet bullet struck Murray in the mouth, breaking breaking hie teeth and lodging under hla tongue. Murray was staggered by the bullet and was turned to one side. While he was In this position Buckner fired the second shot, the ball taking effect in Murray's right side, between the fourth and fifth ribs, ranging up into the lunjr. A third shot misled the officers and they closed In tn their ma a. What followed Is told 'by George Welntx, who lives next door. He said: "I heard three shots fired in rapid succession succession and rushed to the window and looked In. -The -The men were all on the floor, struggling, and the negro wis try. lng to hold a chair over his head.. Then I saw one of the policemen put his pistol pistol against Euckner's bead and Ore. The fellow gave an awful, gasping cry and threw the chair from off his head, and then I ran." Welntz's story in regard to the chair le corroborated by Orrill's mother, mother, wife and sister. Orrill himself was away from the shop at the time, but the women of the family, with some cousins who were visiting them, were sitting In a little room just back of the shop. They heard the sound of the struggle, saw Buckner daeb into the shop and snatch a pintol from tiie top drawer of one of the dressers. As the officers came in they saw the weapon raised and rushed screaming from the room. They heard the noise of the first three shots, then silence for a minute, followed by cries of murder and agonised agonised screams for help from Bucki!r. Then came the sound of the fourth abot and all was quiet. ' When they mustered up courage enough to return . to the room, they found the negro lying with the chair thrown a little to one side, but still grasped in bis bloody .fingers. Murray wae lying near by with Bradley trying to stop the flow of blood from lus wounds. There is a story to the effect that Ed Nolan, a young man of the neighborhood, neighborhood, was standing across the street at the time the altercation began and saw the negro run In the shop. Nolan saw the officers enter the shop, heard the sound of the three shots fired In rapid succession and .- .- then dashed across the street and entered the room. There he saw Murray struggling with Buckner. who grasped in one hand the knife and in the ether the revolver. Nolan to said to have gone to Murray, and. raising the patrolman's coat, which was buttoned down, to have assisted assisted Murray to secure his own weapon weapon from the hip pocket inside. Murray released his grasp on the negro , long enough to seize his weapon and fire. Drs. F. S. Clark and J. M. Allison were Immediately sent, for aad did all that was possible ior toth men. After a hasty consultation ihe city ambulance was telephoned for and both Murray and Buckner were seat t j the City Hospital. Hospital. Patrolman Bradley said last night that when he came up with Patrolman Murray, the negro. Buckner, was sitting sitting In his chair whittling a piece of wood with his knife. The negro waa told to move his chair out of the way of pedestrians. The negro refused point blank to do so, and said he could not be compelled to obey. Murray seised Buckner by one arm and Bradley seised the other, when the negro reached up with his open kmfe and cut Murray. Upon this Bradley struck him over the head with a club. Bradley says that the negro then broke away and ran into the shop. Swinging doors closed upon him and hid him to view for a moment. When the officers opened opened the doors they were confronted by Buckner. who began shooting. Murray replied with a shot after having been wounded. The report was current that Bradley bad shot Buckner. but Bradley last night said be bad not fired a single shoe . - ' . Murray's wounds were dressed at once and it Is thought that he stands a fair chance for recovery, provided pneumonia can be averted. An examination showed that Buckner had been shot Just back of the right ear nd that the ball had ranged upward upward Into the cerebrum. Trephining was found to be necessary and the operation operation was performed at once. Buckner Buckner displayed wondi.ful vitality, and. though It was thought wnen he rached the hospital that he could only live a few moments, he managed to hold on until 8:3d o'clock, when he died. Murray is a man of about forty years of age and lives -with -with his wife and two children at 1422 Payne street. He baa only been a member of the police force four years, but In that Uu.e has come to be regarded as one of lua most ef- ef-

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 08 May 1899, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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  • George William Orrill

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