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Deputy Sheriff James McMahan | Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

James McMahan

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, January 16, 1871

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/16/1871

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy James McMahan and Deputy Charles Nichols were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. While the officers attempted to handcuff him he produced a handgun and shot both officers.

The suspect was one of two brothers, John Younger, known as the Younger Gang who shot and killed Deputy Edwin Daniels, of the St. Clair County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department, on March 17, 1874. The brother who murdered Deputy Nichols and Deputy McMahan was also shot and killed in the shootout known as the Roscoe Gunfight. The Younger Gang was also connected to the death of Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Frank West in 1886 by the husband of Bell Starr, an accomplice of the Younger Gang.

Deputy McMahan had served with the agency for one day. He was survived by his wife and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

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Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Nichols
Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 1871
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Edwin P. Daniels
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End of Watch: Tuesday, March 17, 1874
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Frank West
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, December 17, 1886
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and forty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 16, 2012

 

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