Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 1/22/1880
Weapon: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect: One shot and killed; Three lynched
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.