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Deputy Sheriff Joel Baylor Reed | Knox County Sheriff's Department, Texas Knox County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Joel Baylor Reed

Knox County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, December 24, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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A personal feud developed between former King County Sheriff J.J. Mitchell and George Douglass. The former sheriff was engaged in a divorce proceeding and Douglas was his brother-in-law.

Mitchell was walking down the street in Knox City when a car pulled over. Douglass stepped from the car with a Winchester rifle in hand and shot Mitchell in the back. After Mitchell fell, Douglass drew a handgun and stood over Mitchell and continued to fire. After firing several shots, Deputy Sheriff Joel Reed and the Knox City Marshal ran to the scene and tried to apprehend Douglass. Douglass then opened fire on the deputies, striking Reed three times and killing him. Douglass escaped from the scene but was later captured.

Douglass was killed the following year in a Knox County courtroom by former Sheriff Mitchell’s brother, Will Mitchell. The judge in the case and a trial witness were also wounded.

Deputy Sheriff Reed is buried at Long Branch Cemetery in Carbon, Texas.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 25, 2011


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