Deputy Sheriff Reuben T. Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Reuben T. Mattox

Wood County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 2, 1900

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Reuben T. Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Rube Mattox was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject accused of assault.

Deputy Maddox and a posse located the subject four miles south of Winnsboro. When Deputy Mattox attempted to arrest the man, he was shot and killed by the subject's father. The posse scattered, and Deputy Mattox's body was not discovered until the next day.

The suspect was indicted by the grand jury and tried for murder but was found not guilty.

Deputy Mattox was survived by his wife and six children.

He is buried in the Winnsboro City Cemetery in Winnsboro, Texas.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender acquitted

arrest attempt, assault

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You are my great-grandfather that I never had a chance to know. You enlisted in the Civil War as a young teen and survived that but lost your life in the line of duty hunting a criminal. It is 123 years later and you are NOT FORGOTTEN! Rest in peace.

Mr and Mrs MRH
great grandson and wife

July 7, 2023

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