Black Shoots Marshall
ROBERT BLACK SHOTS DEPUTY MARSHAL JUSTICE AT ELVINS
Tuesday afternoon Deputy Marshal Emmet [Emmett] Justice of Elvins was
shot twice by Robert Black in the street at Elvins after he had arrested Black. The
latter was drunk and Deputy Justice had just placed him under arrest. Justice was
unarmed and was holding Black's right arm. Suddenly Black drew a revolver from his
left hip pocket and fired five shots in rapid succession. Two of the bullets took
effect in Justice's side and shoulder and one passed through Black's right arm.
Though badly wounded the officer knocked Black down and disarmed him. Marshal Ratly
was in the opposite end of town but came to his deputy's assistance and took charge of
Black who was later lodged in jail at Farmington. Deputy Justice had his injuries
attended by Dr. Perkins and went to his home. The Doctor says the wounds, while
serious, are not to be fatal. Black lives in Elvins and has a family. ---Lead Belt
BONNE TERRE REGISTER, Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri,
Friday, May 30, 1907.