Private Joe R. Shaw

Private Joe R. Shaw

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 21, 1918

Joe R. Shaw

Private Joe Shaw was shot and killed while he and his partner attempted to arrest smugglers at Tomates Bend of the Rio Grande River in Brownsville, Texas. A shootout erupted and Private Shaw was struck in the chest and back. The smugglers were all apprehended.

On October 10, 1918, the leader of the smugglers fatally shot Sergeant Delbert Timberlake, also of the Texas Rangers, at the scene of an ambush setup by lawmen in an attempt to arrest the man.

Private Shaw had been with the agency for only two months and was assigned to Company G.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest In Peace Ranger Private Joe R. Shaw. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 20, 2016

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