Sheriff John B. York

Sheriff John B. York

Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 1861

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John B. York

Sheriff John York was killed when a man he removed from a water line ambushed him and stabbed him at 100 West Belknap Street.

The town was in the middle of a drought and Sheriff York was attempting to maintain order. The citizens of the town would line up for their water ration. When the suspect became disorderly Sheriff York removed him from the line. The man later stabbed Sheriff York to death in an act of revenge.

Sheriff York was able to shoot and kill the suspect before he died.

Sheriff York had served with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and Killed by Sheriff York

ambush, retaliation

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Sheriff York,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tarrant County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 24, 2021

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