Deputized Civilian Oscar J. Breaux

Deputized Civilian Oscar J. Breaux

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 29, 1898

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Oscar J. Breaux

Deputized Civilian Oscar Breaux was shot and killed while assisting Private Ernest St. Leon of the Texas Rangers.

Private Ernest St. Leon went to the town of Socorro with an attorney from Ysleta to transact some business with the local Justice of the Peace.

The justice asked Private St. Leon to serve warrants of arrest on two men for forcibly removing horses from the city pound. Private St. Leon arrested both men and after hearing that they were recovering their own horses, the matter was settled and the two cowboys left town just before dark. Shortly thereafter St. Leon heard shots being fired. The justice asked Private St. Leon not to pursue the men alone.

Private St. Leon deputized Dr. Oscar J. Breaux and went to arrest the cowboys. Three men riding two horses approached in the dark, and when St. Leon ordered them to surrender, they opened fire. Dr. Breaux was shot in the right ear and died instantly. Private St. Leon was shot in the shoulder with the bullet passing through his chest into his lung. The three men fled and were later arrested by the captain of Texas Rangers - Company D. The third man had been wounded in the thigh by Private St. Leon.

Private St. Leon was transported to Ysleta and then by train to El Paso where he died on Wednesday, August 31st, 1898, after giving a dying statement. The final disposition of the three suspects is unknown but they were charged with both murders.

Dr. Breaux was reported to have left his family in New Orleans, Louisiana, and moved to Socorro for his health three months earlier. He had open a medical practice in the city. His place of burial and family history is unknown at this time.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Charged with murder

shots fired call

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Rest in peace Deputized Civilian Breaux.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 26, 2022

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