This was one of the few black marshals who would later lose his life in
this effort to bring order to Indian Territory. His career dates are not
known, though it was believed to be short. It was further shortened when
Garrett encountered the notorious Rufus Buck gang. He was working near
Okmulgee, in the Creek Nation, and had been directed towards the town grocery
store, to stop a robbery in progress. When he approached the outlaws, he was
shot in the chest. He died shortly thereafter. The Rufus Buck gang would
later be executed by Judge Parker for the murder of Garrett, in Ft. Smith.