Sheriff James T. Musgrove

Sheriff James T. Musgrove

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1895

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James T. Musgrove

Sheriff James Musgrove was shot and killed while attempting to serve a writ on a man near Catoosa, Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). The suspect had been charged with illegally driving cattle and horses to the Osage Nation and selling them.

As Sheriff Musgrove and another officer approached, the man came out of his house with a Winchester rifle and took up a position behind a log building. He opened fire through the cracks in the logs, striking Sheriff Musgrove in the abdomen.

The man fled but was eventually captured. He was convicted of Sheriff Musgrove's murder and subsequently executed by hanging on September 13, 1895.

Sheriff Musgrove was sheriff of Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation. He had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his mother and brother and is buried in Woodlawn Cemtery, Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1895

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Sheriff Musgrove,
On today, the 121st anniverary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 3, 2016

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