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Deputy Sheriff Mat Green | Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Mat Green

Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, March 1, 1867

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: Not available

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Robert B. Anderon arrested

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In March of 1867 Lamar County Deputy Sheriff Mat Green went to levy an attachment on property belonging to Robert B. Anderson. Anderson armed himself with a six-shooter and shot and killed Deputy Green. Anderson then escaped by crossing the Red River into the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

In 1878 Anderson was located in the mountains of north Arkansas. Attorney Fred W. Minter of Paris, Texas, wrote a letter to the Governor of Texas requesting a reward be offered for the arrest of R. B. Anderson. The Governor offered a $ 400.00 reward for the arrest of Anderson. Lamar County Deputies Hansley and Barnett arrested Anderson and returned him to Lamar County to be tried for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Mat Green.

On March 21, 1916, much of Paris, Texas, along with the Lamar County Courthouse and newspaper office, was destroyed by the "Great Fire." No Lamar County District Clerk records or newspapers remain to reveal the outcome of Anderson's trial.

No family information, burial records or the exact day of the month of his death have been located for Deputy Sheriff Mat Green.

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Deputy Sheriff Green,
On today, the 149th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lamar County.


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March 2, 2016


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