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Richard Adams • 1 year ago

Commodore Perry Owens, sheriff of Navajo County, Arizona Territory and winner of the second most famous gunfight in Arizona history, in Holbrook, Sept. 1887 as part of what is sometimes called the Graham-Tewksbury feud. Within the space of seconds, Owens fired only 5 shots, killing Andy Cooper, Sam Blevins, Mose Roberts and wounding John Blevins.

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COMMODORE PERRY OWENS — While working as sheriff of Arizona’s Apache County, Commodore Perry Owens earned fame for his 1886 shoot-out in Holbrook, where he killed three of the Blevins crew and wounded a fourth in five shots. He went on to become the first sheriff of Navajo County from 1895-96. What we love most about this photo is the fact that Owens is wearing a buscadero rig, a holster style rarely seen in Old West photographs. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –

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