|At Duncan, about two o’clock p. m.,
on Wednesday, Nov. 15, occured the first killing that ever took place
in that town.
Jessie West killed Andy Pickett. West and Pickett had been hunting for
each other all the forenoon and about fifteen minutes of two
o’clock West called upon U. S. Commissioner Lieutwiler, to
protect him, (West), that he expected Pickett would kill him if he had
a chance. West went into the store of Wall & Fowler, while Com.
Lieutwiler was on the watch for Pickett. About this time Pickett came
in front of the store and the commissioner advised him to give up his
Winchester. Just then West appeared at the store front and Pickett
aimed his Winchester at West but from some cause it failed to fire.
Quick as lightning West drew his pistol and fired at Pickett, advancing
on him at the same time. Lieutwiler caught the pistol but was pushed
aside and wrenching his pistol away fired four shots at Pickett, on
shot striking the left arm breaking the bones above and below the
elbow, another entering about an inch from the navel. The other shots
went wild. Pickett retreated behind a wagon when he deliberately fired
at West, but his gun failed to fire. He sank to the ground from pain
and loss of blood, yet while lying there he again drew a bead on West
but his gun still refused to work. He was then taken to a drug store
and cared for, but died the next morning at four o’clock.
When told he could not live he said: “I will yet live long
enough to kill five or six more men.”
His old father came and bought a coffin and took his son away for
The readers of the Express will remember that Andy Pickett, last
spring; near Bear creek, I. T. killed in cold blood the brother of
West, and his trial was to have taken place this month at Paris.
As soon as West had got in his work the threw his revolver on some
sacks of potatoes and went into a restaurant, where he was arrested and
charged with murder and committed to the Paris jail without bail.
The first shot went close enough to Lieutwiler to burn his hair and
Pickett and West have each killed their two men.
This is the first murder to occur in the town of Duncan, and the people
regret it very much although neither were citizens of the place.
Our informant is Mr. Max Hungerford who was an eyewitness to the
The Chickasha Express, Chickasha, Chickasaw
Nation, Indian Territory, ; Vol. 2 No. 25; Nov. 17, 1893