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Sheriff Galby E. Branson | Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

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Galby E. Branson

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, July 4, 1889

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 1 year

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Sheriff Galby Branson and Deputy Edward Funk were shot and killed by three brothers who support a different political party as the sheriff. The two officers were ambushed at a picnic. All three were arrested and charged with murder.

Two of the brothers were tried and acquitted on September 6, 1890. The charges were then dropped against the other brother.

Sheriff Branson had been elected the previous year and had served as a Sergeant in the Gasconade County Battalion with the United States Reserve Corps, Missouri Home Guard, and as a Corporal in the 31st Regiment, Missouri Infantry in the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and two children and is buried in the Branson family Cemetery, Branson, Taney County, Missouri.

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Deputy Sheriff Edward Funk
Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri
End of Watch: Thursday, July 4, 1889
Cause: Gunfire

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He's my great great great uncle! Mattie Knox is my great grandmother. She was his great niece!

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