Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Ranger Hall of Fame
The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.
Paul Doherty was born in Mount Calm, Texas, in July of 1936. He attended
Lamar University, and joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as
a patrolman in 1958. He served in Marlin and Gainesville, before being
transferred to Fort Worth in 1968.
After serving with distinction for 18 years,
Doherty transferred to the Texas Rangers in 1976. Doherty was stationed
at Fort Worth because of his familiarity with that city. In February
of 1978, Department of Public Safety narcotics officers, Denton County
Sheriff's Department officers, and Ranger Doherty participated in
a drug raid on a residence in Argyle, Texas. During the raid Gregory
Arthur Ott, a student at North Texas State University in Denton, killed
Doherty by shooting him in the head with a .38 caliber revolver.
Ott was indicted on capital murder charges
and sentenced to life. Doherty was the first Texas Ranger in 47 years
to die in the line of duty. He is buried at Azle, Texas.
Suggestions for further reading:
Vertical files, Texas Ranger
Research Center, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco, Texas.