Sheriff Ernest Daniel Hamilton

Sheriff Ernest Daniel Hamilton

Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 27, 1973

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Ernest Daniel Hamilton

Sheriff Hamilton was shot and killed while he and a deputy questioned a man near Marfa in a parked car at the request of U.S. Border Patrol agents in a spotter plane. During the questioning the suspect suddenly opened fire, shooting Sheriff Hamilton five times and the deputy once. The suspect fled but was arrested by Border Patrol agents a short distance away. The man, 51, was charged with capital murder.

No one could understand why the man started shooting. The Border Patrol agents just wanted to make sure he was not up to something that was illegal. No motive was determined. On Jun 13, 1973, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Sheriff Hamilton was survived by his wife. He had served on the El Paso Police Department for six years, from 1936 through 1942. He had only been serving as sheriff for three months at the time of his murder.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace Sheriff Ernest Daniel Hamilton. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Presidio County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the bones of your murderer. May every breath he takes on this earth be in anguish. May the flames of hell forever scorch his rotten soul.



Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 27, 2016

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