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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

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: 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. One of the men later murdered Deputy Sheriff Gabriel Pool, of the Milam County Sheriff's Office, on April 7th, 1887.

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

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Deputy Sheriff Gabriel Leander Pool
Milam County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, April 7, 1887
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Richard (Texas) McCoy. Thank You for your Courageous Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Guadalupe County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting carcasses of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
May 16, 2016


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