Pat Garrett (1850-1908) was a buffalo hunter and cowboy who in 1880 was hired as a Sheriff in New Mexico on the strength of his accuracy with a gun. He won instant fame when he shot dead Billy the Kid and broke up the outlaw’s gang. Garrett then joined the Texas Rangers, returning to New Mexico in 1897 to work on a difficult murder case. He found culprits to be three deputy sheriffs and caught them after a prolonged gun battle. Garrett then went back to Texas to hold a number of government posts. He was shot dead by Jesse Brazel during an argument over grazing rights on land Garrett was renting.
from "Heroes, Rogues and Rascals" by Rupert Matthews
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