City Marshal John A. Norris

City Marshal John A. Norris

Sulphur Springs Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, October 9, 1879

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John A. Norris

City Marshal John Norris was shot and killed from ambush while inside of a saloon with several friends.

It is believed that he was slain in retaliation for an incident that occurred on April 14th, 1879, in which he and a deputy city marshal fatally shot a man who had resisted arrest. The brother of the deceased man was arrested and charged with City Marshal Norris' murder.

It is not known if he was convicted of Marshal Norris' murder, however, the man died in prison on June 21st, 1887, while serving a sentence for cattle theft.

Marshal Norris was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in 1887

retaliation, ambush

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Marshal Norris, rest in peace and know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

October 9, 2020

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