Sheriff Alexander C. Starks

Sheriff Alexander C. Starks

Rockwall County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 29, 1876

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Alexander C. Starks

Sheriff Starks was shot and killed in revenge for the shooting of a suspect in April 1875, almost 18 months earlier. The son of the suspect who had been killed swore revenge on the sheriff for the shooting.

The sheriff had retired from office and was in the process of selling his farm to move. A man came to the farm under the premise he was interested in buying it and then shot Sheriff Starks with a shotgun.

The suspect was arrested and confessed to being hired to murder Sheriff Starks by the son for a fee of $625. The suspect was sentenced to death but committed suicide before being executed.

Sheriff Starks had served as sheriff for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. You are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 29, 2017

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