Deputy Sheriff Joseph Obie Talley

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Obie Talley

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 1929

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Joseph Obie Talley

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Talley succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two years earlier when he was shot after responding to a disturbance at a local bar.

Deputy Talley instructed the subject causing the disturbance to leave. As the man did so he pulled out a handgun and shot Deputy Talley in the back. The round severed Deputy Talley's spinal cord, causing him to become paralyzed. He died as a result of his injuries two years later.

Deputy Talley had served with the Newton County Sheriff's Department for only five months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 1, 1927
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Rest in peace sir and always know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

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