Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Gaines

Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Gaines

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 22, 1893

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Joe Gaines

Deputy Marshal Gaines was shot and killed in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, after raiding a gambling hall. The officers received information that a man nearby was drunk and they went to arrest him. The suspect was released after promising to return for a hearing in the morning. However, he went home, continued drinking, and began firing a Winchester rifle in the air.

When Deputy Marshal was notified of the situation he went to arrest the man. When he encountered the man the two exchanged shots and Deputy Marshal Gaines was struck in the chest. The suspect was charged with murder but acquitted after four trials.

Deputy Marshal Gaines was survived by his wife of two weeks.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 22, 2020

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