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New Hero Search Maurice B. Moore ("Morris") - Nov. 10, 1887 (7293)

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Travis County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: TX, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 10, 1887
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Travis County Sheriff's Office - TX
5555 Airport Blvd.  
Austin, TX   78751   USA
(512)854-9770
County: Travis
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Eanes, TX   USA   Thu. Nov. 10, 1887
Summary: During the early morning hours of November 10, 1887, Deputy Maurice Moore was shot and killed while serving a civil paper on the McNeil brothers in the Eanes area of Western Travis County.

During an arson investigation of the Eanes Schoolhouse, Deputy Moore discovered that the McNeil brothers had written a letter to the Travis County Sheriff confessing to the schoolhouse arson and expressing their desire to surrender. In this letter, the McNeils warned the Sheriff not to send Deputy Moore as they would kill him if he tried to apprehend them.

Deputy Moore (a former Texas Ranger), married to the Eanes schoolteacher who was the victim of the arson, by happenstance intercepted this letter. Deputy Moore took this warning as a threat and personal challenge. Deputy Moore and an Austin City Marshal embarked into the mountain country, as it was called then, to arrest the McNeil brothers with a “Writ of Attachment. The two lawmen camped overnight. Early the next morning, the two officers approached the McNeil cabin and tried to gain entry. Old man McNeil held the officers at bay with a rifle.

During the standoff, the Austin Marshal tried to disarm Old Man McNeil while Moore tried to enter the cabin. A shotgun blast from behind the door cut Deputy Moore down and he died instantly.

In 1905, a man believed to have assisted in Deputy Moore’s murder was hanged in Georgetown, Texas. The man, Thomas Young, was hanged for the brutal torture killing of a 15-year-old girl. Before his execution, (the last public Texas hanging) Young was asked to clear up the matter of Deputy Moore’s murder, as he was a suspect. Young did not confirm nor deny killing Deputy Moore. No arrest was ever made in the case.

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Deputy Moore's grave remained unmarked for 115 years until a tombstone was put in place in May 2000.

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