Marshal Robert C. Tyson

Marshal Robert C. Tyson

Gurdon Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, May 26, 1927

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Robert C. Tyson

Marshal Robert Tyson was shot and killed while questioning two suspicious men on the highway south of town.

He was exiting his vehicle when one of the men opened fire on him, mortally wounding him. He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Two suspects were arrested a short time later. The shooter was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Marshal Tyson had served with the Gurdon Police Department for several years. He was survived by his wife, son, three brothers, and three sister.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 25, 1927
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

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Robert C. Tyson was my grandfather that I never knew. I so wish I had been able to know this great man who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. I have visited Gurdon many times. My mom and dad retired in nearby Arkadelphia; returning to the area of the country where my dad grew up before he passed away in 1991.

God bless the law enforcement officers who who serve to protect all of us.

Jane Tyson
Granddaughter of R.C. Tyson

June 26, 2018

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