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City Marshal James W. Brooks | Collinsville Police Department, Texas Collinsville Police Department, Texas

City Marshal

James W. Brooks

Collinsville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 19, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Suspect acquitted

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At approximately 12:00 noon, City Marshal James W. Brooks arrested Z. T. Trice for failure to pay a court fine, issued six weeks earlier. Trice was in his buggy with his wife, and on his way to Fort Worth to have his foot treated. After making the arrest Brooks had Trice sit down in a chair. Brooks was then apologizing to Trice's wife when Trice came up behind Brooks and cut him across the abdomen, and stabbed him in the heart. Brooks fell to the sidewalk and was pronounced dead by a doctor within two minutes.

Trice was arrested, and charged with the murder. On October 26, 1906, a Grayson County jury acquitted Trice.

Brooks was survived by his wife, Nannie. He had seven children, of which four survived him. No cemetery records were located for him.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 105th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I am so sorry that you and your family were denied justice in this realm.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 19, 2010


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