The Youngest Younger Kills a Dallas Lawman After a drunken argument in a store County Sheriff Charles Nichols ends up dead.

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John Younger

Deputy Sheriff Charles Nichols has a dubious distinction—the first Dallas County (TX) lawman to die in the line of duty, back in January 1871.  The incident is noted for another fact: one of the shooters was the youngest Younger brother, John (photo).

Details are sketchy, but all of the participants supposedly were drinking.  Younger and a compatriot entered a store where Nichols and a pal were eating, and an argument ensued. The guns went off; Nichols and his friend were killed. The two outlaws escaped and were never tried.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.