Private Joseph W. "Joe" McKidrict

Private Joseph W. "Joe" McKidrict

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 5, 1894

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Joseph W. "Joe" McKidrict

Private McKidrict was shot and killed by a former Texas Ranger sergeant, Bass Outlaw, who was now a deputy U.S. Marshal. Outlaw created a disturbance at a bordello, and was chasing the madam, who was blowing her whistle to alert police. Private McKidrict and El Paso County Precinct 1 Constable John Selman, Sr., knew Outlaw and tried to calm him down. Private McKidrict asked him why he had shot his gun. Outlaw responded and then shot Private McKidrict in the head and back, killing him instantly.

Outlaw then fired at the constable, nearly striking him in the face. The constable returned fire, striking Outlaw in the chest, mortally wounding him. Outlaw was able to fire one more shot, striking the constable in the leg. Bass Outlaw was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. His tombstone reads: "B. L. Outlaw, 1854-1894, 1st Sgt Co D. F.B., State Forces, Dpy U.S. Marshal."

Constable John Selman, Sr., was put on trial for killing Outlaw, but the judge instructed the jury to find him not guilty. Selman shot and killed the infamous outlaw John Wesley Hardin while he was playing cards in a saloon on August 19, 1895. While awaiting trial for that murder, Selman was shot and killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough on April 5, 1896, two years to the day of the shooting that killed McKidrict and Outlaw.

Private McKidrict was assigned to Company D in El Paso. He was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas. His tombstone incorrectly states in his age as 32 and year of death as 1893.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Pvt. McKidrict,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 5, 2019

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