Marshal Joe Carson

Marshal Joe Carson

Las Vegas Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, January 22, 1880

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Joe Carson

Marshal Joe Carson was shot and killed by four drunk and rowdy cowboys inside a saloon. When told they needed to check their guns with the bartender, they instead hurled profane insults, drew their revolvers, and shot the marshal eight times. Marshal Carson's deputy returned fire killing one and seriously wounding another. The other two escaped.

Two weeks later a posse captured the other two cowboys and brought them to the Las Vegas Jail. An angry mob seized both men, along with the one who had been wounded, and hanged all three.

Marshal Carson was survived by his wife. He is buried in Glenwood Cemtery, Houston, Texas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender One shot and killed; Three lynched

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 132nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 22, 2012

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