George Hoy Dies After Being Shot By Wyatt Earp On August 21, 1878

On July 26, 1878 in Dodge City, a group of drunken cowboys were firing their guns randomly in town. Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp and Policeman James Masterson (brother of Bat Masterson) responded to the shootings. Earp and Masterson fired at the cowboys as they were trying to flee on horses across the Arkansas river bridge south of down. One of the cowboys named George Hoy was hit in the arm and fell to the ground. Hoy would eventually develop gangrene from the gunshot and die on August 21, 1878. Later in Wyatt Earp’s autobiography by Stuart Lake, Earp would claim that he was the one that hit Hoy with the fatal shot.

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