City Marshal Chester C. Hutcheson

City Marshal Chester C. Hutcheson

Merkel Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 1936

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Chester C. Hutcheson

Marshal Hutcheson was shot and killed while attempting to speak with the owner of a dance hall near the city limits.

Marshal Hutcheson had responded to the dance hall for the second time that night and asked the owner to step outside to talk. The owner refused and shot Marshal Hutcheson in the left eye as the marshal stood in the doorway. Marshal Hutcheson succumbed to his wound several hours later. The suspect was ran down by a posse and arrested the following day.

The suspect, 51, was ultimately sentenced to life in prison after two death sentences were appealed and overturned. He died in prison on February 2, 1971.

Marshal Hutcheson had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 11, 1936
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison


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Rest in Peace Marshal Chester C. Hutcheson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Merkel, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting flesh of the scum that murdered you!


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

April 12, 2016

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