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Deputy Sheriff William Jackson Carnley | Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

William Jackson Carnley

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, May 16, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Jackson Carnley was shot and killed when he and the sheriff went to a farm looking for a man who had caused a disturbance at a Red Cross meeting. When the deputies arrived at the farm Deputy Carnley located the suspect hiding in the bushes. The suspect immediately opened fire with a double-barreled shotgun, striking Deputy Carnley in the face. Deputy Carnley was able to fire one shot and the sheriff also returned fire, but did not strike the suspect. Orange Escow led the scene. During the manhunt, D. Brown, a cousin of Carnley who was deputized, shot and killed Orange's brother, Alex. Brown was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison. Unknown if Orange Escow was ever prosecuted.

Deputy Carnley was survived by his daughter and had been with the agency for four years. He was buried in the Swift Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff William Jackson Carnley. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Nacogdoches County, Texas

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at your murderers bones while he rots in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
May 16, 2016


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