Deputy Sheriff John Tillie Morgan

Deputy Sheriff John Tillie Morgan

McMullen County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 15, 1894

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John Tillie Morgan

Around 12 midnight Deputy Sheriff John T. Morgan and a posse of three men attempted to arrest Lucio Perez for cutting a youth on the face at a fandango in the City of Tilden. Perez man resisted arrest and shot Deputy Sheriff Morgan in the center of the breast with the bullet lodging near his backbone. More than 12 shots were fired in the shootout, and Perez was shot five times, and died instantly. The newspaper reported that Morgan was expected to recover. He died from his wounds on Thursday, March 15, 1894. Some reports state he was also serving as a Deputy United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas under Marshal Dick Ware. He had reportedly been a peace officer for many years.

Morgan was survived by his wife and ten children. He was buried in Tilden in McMullen County.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 23, 1894
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Killed

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Deputy Sheriff Morgan,
It has taken 115 years, but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of McMullen County.



March 26, 2009

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