A Prescott, Arizona Territory posse was after George Wilson and his pal. They’d murdered a man in October 1877. Virgil Earp was deputized—his first time as a lawman. When the posse caught up with the badmen, Wilson burst into prayer: “O Lord, have mercy on me, a poor, drunken, worthless damned son of a bitch.”
Apparently, the prayer didn’t work. Wilson was hit in the head by a bullet (possible fired by Earp) almost as soon as the words were out of his mouth. He died two days later.