On August 6, 1917, Detective Arthur M.
Dorsett and Detective John Clifford were
attempting to recover a valuable stolen bulldog
from the apartment of a known confidence man, William David Jones, at 1023 Charlotte
when the man ran from the room and returned
with a gun. The officers were caught by
surprise, and both were shot before they
could draw their weapons. Dorsett managed
to reach his gun and wounded the attacker
before collapsing. Detective Clifford drew his revolver but it malfunctioned allowing the cylinder to drop out of the weapon. The attacker escaped,
but an intensive manhunt found him by
the following day. Detective Dorsett was taken to St. Mary's hospital where he underwent surgery for a stomach wound. Detective Dorsett died
from his wounds on August 7, 1917 at 12:50 am. He was entered in St. Mary's Cemetery.
The suspect, William Jones fled the scene, officers followed seveal blocks by his trail of blood but was not apprehended that evening. Jones was apprehended and his original preliminary hearing date was August 25, 1917. On October 13, 1917, Jones was sentenced to fifty years in prison for the murder of Detective Dorsett.
Detective Clifford was taken to General Hospital where he received treatment for a through-and-through wound to his right lung. He survived his wounds.
Detective Dorsett was survived by his wife, Anna, and fourteen year-old daughter. Interred: Mount St. Mary's Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant