Sheriff Charles Brown McKinney

Sheriff Charles Brown McKinney

La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 26, 1886

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Charles Brown McKinney

Sheriff Charles McKinney was shot and killed in an assassination by a man who lost to him in the election for Sheriff.

The suspect had planned the assassination for several years and had a woman make a false report that her daughter had been raped. When Sheriff McKinney arrived he was talking with the suspect and another man when the suspect suddenly shot Sheriff McKinney in the head with a Winchester rifle. The two men also shot at a deputy who was with Sheriff McKinney but only wounded him because his horse was frightened and bolted.

The two suspects were tracked down by the Texas Rangers and one was shot and killed. The second escaped but later surrendered. That suspect was sentenced to death and hung on August 23, 1889.

Sheriff McKinney had served as a Texas Ranger for 10 years and had served as the sheriff of LaSalle County for three years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your assassination was avenged by my great-great-grandfather Frank Hall and your father-in-law Silas Hay. I hope it brought some peace. I paid my respects at your memorial in Cotulla Cemetery in March 2017. Thank you for your service.

RIP and God Bless.

Lindsey Barker
Manchester, England, UK

Miss L J Barker
Great-great-granddaughter of Frank Rankin Hall

April 23, 2017

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