Police Officer Daniel Ross Patton

Police Officer Daniel Ross Patton

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 8, 1917

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Daniel Ross Patton

Police Officer Patton succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two weeks earlier during a riot.

Police Officer Horace Moody, Police Officer Edwin Meinecke, Police Officer Ira Raney, and Police Officer Rufus Daniels were also shot and killed during the race riots that started after the arrest of several black soldiers assigned to Camp Logan.

After being harassed by citizens, a large mob of soldiers stole rifles and went on a rampage, shooting and killing a total of 16 people throughout the city.

Over 100 soldiers were court-martialed after being taken into custody during the riots. Nineteen of them were sentenced to death and executed. In 2023, with insurmountable evidence, all soldiers were granted clemency, and their service records were changed to honorably discharged.

Officer Patton served with the Houston Police Department for 5 1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 23, 1917


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