Special Officer Scott Percy Yolton

Special Officer Scott Percy Yolton

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, January 6, 1918

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Scott Percy Yolton

Special Officer S. Percy Yolton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier in the Southern Pacific Railroad's Englewood yards in Houston, Texas.

He had just arrested two men who had arrived in the railroad yards on a freight train and was walking them out of the yards when of the men produced a .45 caliber handgun and shot him in the abdomen. Despite his wounds, he returned fire but did not strike either subject as they fled.

A deserter from the U.S. Army's Camp Bowie was arrested several days later and charged with murder in a military court martial.

Officer Yolton had served with the Southern Pacific Railroad Police for at least six weeks. He was survived by his parents and five siblings.


  • Age 19
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 3, 1918
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

arrest, deserter, trespasser

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