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Constable A. Mose Townsend | Colorado County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas Colorado County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

Constable

A. Mose Townsend

Colorado County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 18, 1894

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Not available

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Constable Townsend died after being stabbed by an inmate. He was serving food and water at the Weimer Jail when one of the inmates stabbed him as he opened a cell door. He died several hours later while receiving medical attention at his parents' house.
Three weeks later the suspect shot and killed Sheriff Hamilton Dickson, of the Wharton County Sheriff's Department, as Sheriff Dickson and the sheriff of Colorado County attempted to apprehend the suspect.
Constable Townsend had been with the agency for eight months and was survived by his wife. His brother, Constable Thomas Townsend, was murdered in the line of duty six months earlier.

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Constable Thomas Lewis Townsend, Jr.
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End of Watch: Monday, June 26, 1893
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Sheriff Hamilton Bass Dickson
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End of Watch: Wednesday, February 7, 1894
Cause: Gunfire

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