Deputy Will Turner
Deputy Turner was searching for Bob Christian, one of the notorious Christian brothers, with a warrant for his arrest for grand larceny. On April 27, 1895, Deputy Turner located Christian near the town of Violet Springs, one of the most lawless border towns in Oklahoma Territory. Christian was with three other men, his brother Bill Christian, “Buttermilk” John Mackey and Foster Holbrook. Turner confronted all four men. Christian told Turner to keep his warrant and drew his gun. Turner was able to fire first and hit Christian in the chest, which only knocked him down since Christian was wearing a steel vest plate. All four men opened fire on the deputy, killing him. All four were tracked down and arrested. Following their trials, Holbrook was acquitted, Mackey was sentenced to two years and the two Christian brothers both received 10-year sentences. Bob and Bill Christian were in the Oklahoma County jail appealing their cases on June 30, 1895, when they escaped with James Casey and killed Oklahoma City Police Chief Milton Jones. Bill Christian was killed by a posse in Arizona in 1897. Bob Christian escaped and was never located.