Lighthorseman Joe Barnett

Lighthorseman Joe Barnett

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, July 30, 1882

Joe Barnett

Lighthorseman Joe Barnett was shot and killed while attempting to rescue his captain, Captain Sam Scott, who was being shot by a gang of men in Wetumka, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma).

Lighthorseman Barnett, Captain Scott, and several other officers were guarding a wanted man when the group attacked them in order to the free the prisoner. Captain Scott was held up by two men as other criminals shot him. As Lighthorseman Barnett attempted to help Captain Scott he was also shot and killed.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Mr. Barnett,
On today, the 134th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

July 30, 2016

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