This is the last of the eleven killings, mentioned in an earlier post, that I have been able to verify.
The Durant Weekly News
March 27, 1914
Holland Killed in Pistol Duel
Liveryman Shot Three times by Policeman Jim Kersey
Kiersey Received Slight Wound and Officer Jno. Simms Wounded in Hand
As the result of a pistol duel between city officers and Edgar Holland, pulled off in the latter’s livery barn at 11 o’clock Tuesday night, Edgar Holland is dead, with three automatic pistol balls in his body, City Policeman John Simms is seriously wounded in the left hand which may make amputation necessary, and City Policeman Jim Kiersey has a slight bullet wound in one arm which is not serious. The dead man’s remains were conveyed to the York Undertaking rooms and prepared for burial and interment was made at the local cemetery Wednesday evening. John Simms was taken to the office of Dr. Hagood where the index finger of his left hand, which was badly torn, was amputated and Kiersey went home and is temporarily off duty, pending necessary court procedure. The first shot fired at the hands of Kersey pierced Holland’s heart, when he reeled and turned around the other two shots entering his back, one of them in the right groin, the other in the small of the back under the shoulder. After mortally wounded himself, Holland fired his pistol several times inflicting the wounds upon the two officers.
The story of the affair as told to a News reporter is substantially as follows: Two younger brothers of Holland’s had been drinking and had been quarreling among themselves and swearing loudly and in general disturbing the peace. City Policeman Kiersey had gone down to the barn and told the boys they would have to cut out the racket as there was a banquet on at the hotel just across the street and as such conduct was anyway not desirable. The boys seemed to resent the officer’s remarks, but at some time previous Kiersey and Edgar Holland had exchanged pistols, and as Kiersey finished talking with the two boys, Edgar, who was himself pretty well intoxicated told Kiersey that they would trade back guns and that any friendship between them was at an end. Kiersey tried to reason with him, but to no avail, and the exchange of guns was made. The gun which Holland returned to Kersey was empty, as it was found later, but Kersey knew nothing of this at the time. As soon as the exchange was made Holland leveled the gun he had just received at Kersey and with an oath made a threat towards him, when Kersey grabbed the gun and the two scuffled over the stable till both were nearly exhausted; then Kersey told Holland that if he did not desist that he would kill him, at which Holland promised to quit if Kersey would let go of him. Kiersey then left the barn and went up to the Palace Café a few doors west and across the street, where he found that the gun he had received back from Holland was empty and he then loaded it all around. In a few moments word came to him that the disturbance at the barn was worse than ever and taking Officer John Simms, Kiersey returned to the stable determined either to stop the disturbance or arrest those making it. As they reached the barn Holland was at the large door and when Kersey appeared Holland pulled his gun and leveled it at the officer with the alleged remark, “All right, you ______________, we’ll see if you’ve got the guts to go some,” and at that Kiersey drew his gun and shot Holland thru the heart at close range, and as he turned around, shot him twice more. Holland fired several shots after he himself was shot thru the heart, one of which grazed Kiersey’s arm and another which struck Officer Simms in the left hand, entering the back of the hand over the little finger and tearing out the knuckles of the middle and index fingers and tearing the index finger nearly off. Holland then staggered and fell forward on his face, dead, making a wound on the bridge of his nose where he struck the walk.
The officers then left for up town to get medical attention for Simms, and in a few seconds one of the young Holland boys grabbed up the pistol of his dead brother and fired the remaining shots thru the awning of the stable and into the air.
The big booster banquet of the Chamber of Commerce was at its height in the hotel across the street while the shooting was going on and at the first shots several rushed out and what might have turned into a panic was averted when several of the more cool headed guests closed and held the big doors leading into the hallway of the hotel. Several young ladies on the banquet program who were sitting at the parlor windows were eye witnesses to the tragedy.