Police Officer Absalom Kyle McCarty

Police Officer Absalom Kyle McCarty

Denison Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 25, 1882

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Absalom Kyle McCarty

Police Officer Absalom McCarty was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at the intersection of Austin Street and Crawford Street.

The man he was attempting to arrest was causing a disturbance and brandishing a pistol while threatening to shoot. When Officer McCarty arrived at the location, the subject told him to put his hands up. The subject then shot him when he refused to do so.

The subject fled to Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). It is not known if he was ever captured.

His cousin, Private Andrew McCarty, was shot and killed in the line duty on June 23rd, 1861, while serving with the Texas Rangers.

Officer McCarty was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. He had served in law enforcement in Texas for at least four years.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

arrest, disturbance, weapons violation

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Officer McCarty,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denison. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 25, 2022

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