Dukes was now an outcast in Uniontown. However, he still tried to go about life as he did before that infamous Christmas Eve.
On June 13, 1883, Dukes headed to the post office to receive his mail. Though he had been anxious about the death threats and cold receptions he received, on this day, Dukes met with friends on the street and was in a pleasant mood. Like many residents of Uniontown, he chose to visit the post office around 7:00 PM in order to socialize.
At the same time, James Nutt—the son of Captain Nutt—went to retrieve his mail.
Seeing Dukes pass by, the younger Nutt flew into a sudden rage. He pulled out a gun and shot Dukes in the back, using the same pistol that his father carried with him on the day of his death. Then, when Dukes began to flee, James chased after him. He shot his father’s killer a total of five times.
James quickly surrendered his gun and himself to a police officer. Not long after, Dukes was declared dead. Out of the five shots, two stray bullets struck and killed an innocent bystander. Still, people spoke in defense of James Nutt and thought his actions to be honorable. In response to hearing of his arrest, people sent donations to help pay for Nutt’s defense, ranging from one to fifty dollars.