Sheriff Hamilton Bass Dickson

Sheriff Hamilton Bass Dickson

Wharton County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1894

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Hamilton Bass Dickson

Sheriff Hamilton Dickson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had earlier murdered Constable Mose Townsend, of the Colorado County Constable's Office, during a jail break.

Sheriff Dickson and the sheriff from Colorado County had met up to look for the suspect. As the two sheriffs entered a brushy area the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Sheriff Dickson. Both officers were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Sheriff Dickson had been sheriff for four years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, escapee

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Sheriff Dickson,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wharton County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 7, 2024

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