Type of Officer: Assistant City Marshal
Jurisdiction: Dodge City
Death Date: 7/21/1884
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Well-known former buffalo hunter Nixon had a long-running feud with another well-known character, “Mysterious” Dave Mather, who was a former assistant marshal. For unknown reasons, Nixon had shot at Mather three days prior to the fatal incident. While Nixon was on night patrol on July 21, 1884, Mather fatally shot Nixon. Although a personal feud certainly was involved, Nixon was an assistant marshal and on patrol when Mather ambushed and killed him.