Deputized Civilian Jasper N. Coghlan

Deputized Civilian Jasper N. Coghlan

Wise County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 8, 1888

Jasper N. Coghlan

Deputy Jasper Coghlan was shot and killed after being deputized by the Wise County sheriff to assist with the arrest of three men wanted in Parker County.

The three men, two brothers and a friend, were at the home of the father of the two brothers. When the deputies arrived at the scene, the men opened fire with Winchester rifles, fatally wounding Deputy Coghlan. Another man at the house was wounded in the leg by return fire.

The three suspects escaped but were eventually apprehended. The suspect thought to have shot Deputy Coghlan was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Deputy Coghlan had served with the agency for 1 day. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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God Bless You Deputy Coglan, your Family, Community and the Wise County Sheriff's Office of Texas. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice though so soon after you bravely accepted your role to protect and serve your fellow citizens.

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September 8, 2015

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