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Constable John M. Weaver | Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

Constable

John M. Weaver

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 19, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Constable John Weaver was shot and killed after he and two other constables raided an house being used as an illegal bootleg joint. As they approached the scene approximately 30 people fled. The constable's were able to apprehend the owner's daughter. As she led them to where her uncle was the constables were ambushed and Constable Weaver was shot in the stomach. The suspect escaped but was later found dead after he committed suicide.

Constable Weaver was the elected constable of Precinct 8 and had only held the post for five months. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Officer Weaver was my great/grand uncle. I recently found a 1929 news article in a box of family archives which prompted my research. I of course never knew or met him but did know his son as an uncle.

Oral history is that the killer was caught and either legally executed or lynched. I can't find any record.

Joseph Woodard
Civilian blood relative
April 12, 2017

 

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