Bass Outlaw, Texas Ranger and Deputy U.S. Marshal

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Sebastian Lamar "Bass" Outlaw

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Lee, GA, USA
Death: April 5, 1894 (40)
El Paso, TX, USA (killed in a gunfight)
Immediate Family:

Son of Meshack N B Outlaw and Mary Ann E Smith
Brother of Elizabeth Outlaw

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About Bass Outlaw, Texas Ranger and Deputy U.S. Marshal

Bass (Baz) L. Outlaw (1854-1894) - Coming from a good family in Georgia, Bass grew up to be a refined gentleman, but he had a serious drinking problem that continually got him into trouble. After he allegedly killed a man in Georgia, Bass fled to Texas where he became a Texas Ranger. He was soon promoted to a sergeant but, when discovered drunk on duty in Alpine, Texas, he was dismissed. later, he obtained an appointment as a U.S. Deputy Marshal but was continually reprimanded for drinking.

In 1889, while Bass, along with U.S. Deputy Marshals John Hughes and Walter Durbin, were guarding bullion shipments from a silver mine in Mexico, a drunken Bass fought with a Mexican worker and shot him. That same year, Bass, along with fellow U.S. Deputy Marshals, John Hughes and Ira Aten, and Deputy Sheriff Will Terry, planned an ambush near Vance, Texas on the fugitive Odle brothers. Before the night was over, Outlaw shot down both Will and Alvin Odle.

On April 5, 1894, when Bass was in El Paso, Texas, he got drunk and fired a shot into Tillie Howard's brothel. When challenged by Constable John Selman and Texas Ranger Joe McKidrict, Bass pointed his gun at the two men, shooting McKidrict's in the head. He then shot at Selman, missing but almost blinding the constable with the gun powder blast. Selman quickly returned fire and shot Outlaw in the chest. Staggering back, Bass fired twice more, wounding Selman, before he stumbled to the ground. Surrendering, Outlaw was led to a nearby saloon where he collapsed and died four hours later.


Bass Outlaw, a former Texas Ranger Sgt, shot and killed Texas Ranger Private McKidrict. Outlaw was then a deputy U.S. Marshal. Outlaw created a disturbance at a bordello in El Paso, Texas, and was chasing the madam, who was blowing her whistle to alert police.

Private McKidrict and El Paso County Precinct 1 Constable John Selman knew Outlaw and tried to calm him down. Private McKidrict asked him why he had shot his gun. Outlaw responded and then shot Private McKidrict in the head and back, killing him instantly.

Outlaw then fired at the constable, nearly striking him in the face. The constable returned fire, striking Outlaw in the chest, mortally wounding him. Outlaw was able to fire one more shot, striking the constable in the leg. Bass Outlaw was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. His tombstone reads: "B. L. Outlaw, 1854-1894, 1st Sgt Co D. F. B., State Forces, Dpy U.S. Marshal."

Constable John Selman, was put on trial for killing Outlaw, but the judge instructed the jury to find him not guilty. Selman shot and killed the infamous outlaw John Wesley Hardin while he was playing cards in a saloon on August 19, 1895. While awaiting trial for that murder, Selman was shot and killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough on April 5, 1896, two years to the day of the shooting that killed McKidrict and Outlaw.

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Bass Outlaw, Texas Ranger and Deputy U.S. Marshal's Timeline

Lee, GA, USA
April 5, 1894
Age 40
El Paso, TX, USA