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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Cobb | Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Samuel Cobb

Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 5, 1898

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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Deputy Sheriff Sam Cobb and his brother, Constable Felipe Cobb of the Cameron County Precinct 2 Constable's Office, were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a voting booth in Brownsville.

As he rode his horse to investigate the disturbance a man stepped from an alley, grabbed the horse's bridle, and then shot Deputy Sam Cobb. Constable Felipe Cobb and a Brownsville police officer arrived at the scene of the shooting on foot the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Constable Felipe Cobb. The shooter's brother then ran out of a nearby building and shot Deputy Sam Cobb in the head.

Both brothers fled the scene but were arrested a short time later. One them was able to then escape custody and flee. The other brother was shot and killed by an angry mob who stormed the county jail.

Deputy Sam Cobb was survived by wife and six children.

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Constable Felipe Cobb
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End of Watch: Tuesday, April 5, 1898
Cause: Gunfire

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