Deputy Sheriff Joe Binnion

Deputy Sheriff Joe Binnion

Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, April 14, 1897

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Joe Binnion

Twenty year old Jim Cooke’s mother had requested that Deputy Binnion speak to her son about returning home. Deputy Binnion went to the house in Colorado City where Cooke was known to be, and as he stepped in the door the young man fired, shooting Binnion through the bowels. Cooke then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Binnion fell outside, fired one shot into the room, not knowing that Cooke was already dead. Deputy Binnion was carried home and died on April 14.

Binnion was buried in the Colorado City Cemetery.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 10, 1897
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

domestic, EDP

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Deputy Binnion left a wife and two sons, one son three years old and the other son 11 months old.

Harry T. Bryan
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September 30, 2023

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