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

Officer Patton succumbed to gunshot wound sustained two weeks earlier during riot.

Officer Patton, Officer Ira Raney, Officer Horace Moody, Officer Edward Meinecke, and Officer Rufus Daniels were all shot and killed during race riots which were sparked by the arrest of several black soldiers assigned to Camp Logan. After being harassed by local law enforcement and citizens a large mob of the soldiers stole rifles and went on a rampage, shooting and killing a total of 16 people throughout the city. Once all of the soldiers were taken into custody 110 of them were court-martialed and 19 of them were executed.

Officer Patton served with the Houston Police Department for less than five and a half years and 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
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender 19 suspects executed

ambush, Riot

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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