Sheriff James Mastin

Sheriff James Mastin

Erath County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1877

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James Mastin

Sheriff James Mastin was shot and killed when he and a deputy went a farm near Stephenville to arrest a horse thief.

After searching the house the officers went back outside. The suspect suddenly stepped from behind a tree and opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Sheriff Mastin. The deputy returned fire, wounding the man, who then escaped. A posse of Texas Rangers located the man on September 15th, 1877, and killed him in a shootout.


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Incident Details

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

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 25, 2020

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