Game Warden Gus A. Engeling

Game Warden Gus A. Engeling

Texas Game and Fish Commission, Texas

End of Watch Friday, December 14, 1951

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Gus A. Engeling

Game Warden Gus Engeling was shot and killed in the Darden Wildlife Management Facility, near Palestine, Texas, while attempting to arrest an illegal duck hunter.

Game Warden Engeling was assisting a work crew to repair a broken pipeline when he heard a gunshot in the marsh several yards away. Although he was unarmed, he went to investigate the gunshot and encountered a poacher who had shot two ducks. The poacher fled on foot and then shot Game Warden Engeling with his shotgun as he was being pursued.

The poacher returned the shooting scene the next day and hid Warden Engeling's body under a submerged tree in the marsh.

The suspect was apprehended, confessed to the murder, and sentenced to death. The man was executed in the electric chair on December 2nd, 1952.

Game Warden Engeling was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of WWII and had served with the Texas Game and Fish Commission for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The Darden Wildlife Management Facility was later renamed to the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1952

arrest attempt, foot pursuit, poacher

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I am a great niece and while Uncle Gus was killed before I was born my grandfather Herman Engeling spoke of him often. Some of us were able to make the ceremony many years ago. I was unable to attend but my mother and Aunt attended. He was a hero on many levels.

Evangeline Stoll Barefoot
Great Niece

September 14, 2019

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