Sheriff Jake Houpt

Sheriff Jake Houpt

Garland County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, August 20, 1910

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Jake Houpt

Sheriff Houpt was shot and mortally wounded and his brother, a deputy, was wounded while attempting to arrest two brothers for stealing horses. The two suddenly produced pistols and opened fire as Sheriff Houpt and his brother were escorting them to jail. As the suspects fled, Sheriff Houpt and his brother returned fire killing one suspect and wounding the other. Sheriff Houpt died three days later.

The other suspect was captured three days after the shooting. On December 26, 1910, he was being escorted by a deputy sheriff from the Garland County Jail to the police station when three unidentified men walked up; forced the deputy to step away from the suspect; and then shot the suspect to death.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 17, 1910
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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On this 110th anniversary of your untimely departure we say thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your heroism and sacrifice.

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

August 20, 2020

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