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Sheriff James Mastin | Erath County Sheriff's Office, Texas Erath County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sheriff

James Mastin

Erath County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 25, 1877

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff James Mastin was shot and killed when he and a deputy went a farm near Stephenville to arrest a horse thief.

After searching the house the officers went back outside. The suspect suddenly stepped from behind a tree and opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Sheriff Mastin. The deputy returned fire, wounding the man, who then escaped. A posse of Texas Rangers located the man on September 15th, 1877, and killed him in a shootout.

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Time ticks on and Law Men die doing their jobs. Honorable men who pursue men who are not honorable. RIP Sheriff.

Lieutenant Don B. Miller
Stephenville Police Dept. in Erath County
June 6, 2017

 

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