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Private Joe R. Shaw | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas


Joe R. Shaw

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 21, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Private Joe Shaw was shot and killed while he and his partner attempted to arrest smugglers at Tomates Bend of the Rio Grande River in Brownsville, Texas. A shootout erupted and Private Shaw was struck in the chest and back. The smugglers were all apprehended.

On October 10, 1918, the leader of the smugglers fatally shot Sergeant Delbert Timberlake, also of the Texas Rangers, at the scene of an ambush setup by lawmen in an attempt to arrest the man.

Private Shaw had been with the agency for only two months and was assigned to Company G.

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Sergeant Delbert Timberlake
Texas Rangers, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, October 11, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest In Peace Ranger Private Joe R. Shaw. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 20, 2016


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