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City Marshal Marcus Tillman Cage | Mineola Police Department, Texas Mineola Police Department, Texas

City Marshal

Marcus Tillman Cage

Mineola Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, October 17, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/14/1903

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: suspect killed

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At approximately 2:45 p.m., City Marshal M.T. Cage was accidentally shot in the top of his head, and mortally wounded by W.J. Schubert. Marshal Cage was trying to assist W.D. Kitchens who was lying on the ground and had also just been shot by Schubert. Kitchens, a local business man, and W.J. Schubert [or Shurbert], a man reported to be some type of detective, or deputy U.S. marshal from Grand Saline, Texas, had gotten into an argument and gunfight on Johnson Street in Mineola. Schubert had previously filed some papers alleging that Kitchens had violated liquor laws. This was believed to be the reason for the argument and gunfight. After Marshal Cage was shot, Kitchens picked up a pistol and shot and instantly killed W.J. Schubert. N.M. Harpole, a bystander, was also wounded by the gunfire. City Marshal Cage never fired his weapon. Marshal Cage died three later from the gunshot wound at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 1903.

Cage was survived by his wife Laura. They had no children. They are both buried in the Mineola City Cemetery, Mineola, Texas.

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Doing research on another officer down and in that research there are two other officers in Cages' family that have died on duty. All due to gunshots. One in Norton co., Kansas in 1891 and another in Burnet co., Texas in 1942. What are the odds of that?

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Constable Rob Cook
Fort Bend Co. Pct. 3
March 28, 2012

 

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