Sheriff Hamilton Bass Dickson

Sheriff Hamilton Bass Dickson

Wharton County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1894

Hamilton Bass Dickson

Sheriff Hamilton Dickson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had earlier murdered Constable Mose Townsend, of the Colorado County Constable's Office, during a jail break.

Sheriff Dickson and the sheriff from Colorado County had met up to look for the suspect. As the two sheriffs entered a brushy area the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Sheriff Dickson. Both officers were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Sheriff Dickson had been sheriff for four years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Heroes live forever, Sheriff Dickson, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Wharton County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 7, 2013

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