Sheriff John Thomas Olive

Sheriff John Thomas Olive

Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 1892

John Thomas Olive

Sheriff Olive was shot and killed by two brothers while he was walking on a train platform. The bothers shot him because Sheriff Olive had killed two of their brothers in a shoot out 12 years prior. Both were apprehended and charged with Sheriff Olive's murder.

One of the brothers was tried and acquitted in 1893. The charges against the other brother were dismissed but he was re-indicted in 1914. The case did not go to trial until 1923. Texas Governor J. E. Ferguson and Secretary of State John McKay testified in behalf of the defendant. The jury found him not guilty.

Sheriff Olive had been with the agency for two years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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I am greatly grieved by the passing of this officer

Gary Moore Lieutenant
Canton, Ohio Police Officer

September 12, 2017

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