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City Marshal Edward J. Masterson | Dodge City Police Department, Kansas Dodge City Police Department, Kansas

City Marshal

Edward J. Masterson

Dodge City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Shot and killed

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City Marshal Edward Masterson was shot and killed after disarming a drunk man who was in violation of the town's ordinance against carrying guns.

After taking the gun Marshal Masterson starting walking away but the man produced another pistol and shot him. Marshal Masterson's brother, who was across the street at the time, returned fire and killed the subject.

Marshal Masterson had served with the agency for a little over one year and was survived by his parents and brothers. He is buried in an unmarked grave at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas.

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