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Two Die in Street Gun Duel
The Washington Post
TWO DIE IN STREET GUN DUEL OVER MAN HELD ON DRY LAW
Policeman and Former Constable Kill Each Other as Latter Interferes With Arrest; Prisoner Gets Away in Confusion of Battle
Paintsville, Ky., Dec 21- In a pistol battle fought in the downtown section here early tonight Patrolman Jess Dills, of Paintsville , was killed, and Joe Castle, former constable of Johnson County, was fatally wounded. He died a short time afterward.
The streets of this eastern Kentucky mountain town were crowded with shoppers when Castle accosted Dills, who had arrested John Marshall, Johnson County jailer, and was taking him to the police station to be booked on a charge of drunkenness.
Castle, bystanders said, told Marshall: "You don't have to go to jail unless you want"
Thereupon Dills, produced a revolver and the two men started firing. Each emptied his gun.
Both men fell wounded, Dills dying as he was being taken to the hospital, and Castle less than an hour after being shot.
Dills was a veteran of the World War. Castle was constable until about a month ago. Marshall fled in the midst of the battle.
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