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Deputy U.S. Marshal Vernon Coke Wilson | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

Vernon Coke Wilson

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: California

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Marshal Vernon Wilson and Deputy Marshal Andrew W. McGennis were shot and killed in Fresno County, California, while they attempted to arrest two suspects wanted for the murder of Tulare County, California, Deputy Oscar Beaver one month earlier.

The suspects were Chris Evans and John Sontag, notorious California train robbers. A little less than a year later, Sontag was killed and Evans was apprehended after a gun battle with a posse. Evans lost an eye and his right hand in the fight.

Chris Evans was sentenced to life in Folsom Prison. He was paroled in 1912.

Deputy Marshal Wilson is buried at Court Street Cemetery in Tuscon, Arizona.

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Deputy Sheriff Oscar A. Beaver
Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 6, 1892
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy U.S. Marshal Andrew W. McGennis
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 1892
Cause: Gunfire

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