Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox
Wood County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Saturday, June 2, 1900
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, June 2, 1900
Weapon Used: Unknown weapon
Suspect Info: acquitted
Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox, along with a small posse, went to arrest Shelby Fowler. They located him four miles south of Winnsboro. Fowler was charged with assaulting and cutting Winnsboro merchant R. G. Andrews earlier that day. When Deputy Sheriff Mattox attempted to arrest Fowler, Mattox was shot and killed by Frank Fowler, the father of Shelby Fowler. The posse scattered, and Deputy Mattox's body was not discovered until the next day.
Frank Fowler was indicted by the grand jury, and tried for murder by a Wood County jury. On December 1, 1900, the jury gave the following ruling - "We the jury find the defendant not guilty."
Mattox was survived by his wife and six children. He was buried in the Winnsboro City Cemetery, Winnsboro, Texas.