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Deputy Sheriff Richard Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Richard "Texas" McCoy

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, May 16, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/16/1881

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Richard McCoy was shot and killed in LaSalle County while searching for cattle thieves.

Deputy McCoy was riding with several Texas Rangers and cattlemen when they discovered approximately 100 stolen cattle.

The group rounded up the cattle and took them to a nearby home to temporarily store them. Unbeknownst to the deputy, the home was owned by a notorious cattle thief. As Deputy McCoy asked the man's wife if he could pen the cattle there, the man and his friends setup an ambush. They opened fire on Deputy McCoy as he opened the corral gate, killing him.

The property owner and one of his friends were charged with Deputy McCoy's murder. Because the informant was a known horse thief his testimony was not enough to convict the suspects and the charges were dropped.

Deputy McCoy was a veteran of the Confederate Army. He had previously served as a Texas Ranger for one year.

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
May 16, 2012

 

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