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Sergeant Delbert Timberlake | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas


Delbert Timberlake

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 11, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/10/1918

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Timberlake was shot and killed as he and several other lawman attempted to arrest a well known smuggler who was believed to have murdered Private Joe Shaw, also of the Texas Rangers, four months earlier.

The rangers, deputies, and Customs inspectors had setup an ambush for the suspect on a path at Tomate Bend on the Rio Grande River in Brownsville, Texas. When the officers observed a man on the path, they ordered him to surrender. The suspect spun around and immediately opened fire, and struck Sergeant Timberlake. The other lawmen returned fire, hit the suspect five times, and killed him.

Sergeant Timberlake was rushed to a hospital in Brownsville where he died the following morning.

Sergeant Timberlake had served in law enforcement for 6 years. During the time, he had served as a deputy sheriff for Galveston County, marshal of Del Rio, policeman in Laredo, and as a ranger for Company A, Company F, and Company I. He was assigned to Company I at the time of his murder. He was survived by his father.

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Private Joe R. Shaw
Texas Rangers, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 21, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest In Peace Ranger Sergeant Delbert Timberlake. 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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