Deputy U.S. Marshal Jacob G. Owens

Deputy U.S. Marshal Jacob G. Owens

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, April 16, 1872

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Jacob G. Owens

Deputy Marshal Jacob Owens and seven other deputy marshals were shot and killed as he and a group of ten marshals attempted to arrest a man for murdering a married couple.

The suspect was being tried in an Indian court since the murdered woman was Indian. As the deputies approached the courthouse, which was being held in a schoolhouse, several Indians exited and opened fire on them, killing eight of the ten marshals. The incident was named the Going Snake Massacre.

Deputy Marshal Owens succumbed to his injuries several hours after the incident.

Several Indians were arrested and charged with murder. The U.S. Government dropped all the charges due to a lack of evidence and witnesses refusing to testify.

He was a Confederate Civil War Veteran who was a sergeant with the 15th Arkansas Infantry, Company F. Deputy Marshal Owens was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Monday, April 15, 1872
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Charges dropped

arrest attempt, murder suspect

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Deputy Marshal Owens,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

April 16, 2022

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