City Marshal Edward J. Masterson

City Marshal Edward J. Masterson

Dodge City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1878

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Edward J. Masterson

City Marshal Edward Masterson was shot and killed after disarming a drunk man who was in violation of the town's ordinance against carrying guns.

After taking the gun, Marshal Masterson started walking away, but the man produced another pistol and shot him. Marshal Masterson's brother, who was across the street at the time, returned fire and killed the subject.

Marshal Masterson had served with the Dodge City Police Department for a little over one year. He was survived by his parents and brothers.

He is buried in an unmarked grave at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

alcohol violation, weapons violation

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Rest in peace City Marshal Masterson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 28, 2022

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