Grant Alexander was a City Marshal and was at home when he was awakened after midnight by gunfire outside. He was drawn to a nearby shack by suspects who planned to ambush him due to his recent enforcement efforts of liquor laws. When Grant Alexander entered the shack, he was immediately fired upon and killed by two suspects. Upon Alexander’s death, the new City Marshal was given the power to appoint as many policeman as needed to provide protection at night, thereby forming the first police force for the city. Grant Alexander was survived by his wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” Nelkirk and a son and daughter.