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Constable Leonard N. Walker | Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas


Leonard N. Walker

Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 22, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Five years in prison

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Lawmen from Tyler County received information that Joe Cobb, alias John Jackson, an escaped convict from a Louisiana penitentiary, was hiding near Woodville. Cobb was sentenced to 20-years in prison on December 14, 1915. He escaped on September 3, 1916. He had been living in Tyler County ever since as “John Jackson.”

Sheriff A. C. Ogden, Deputy Sheriff A. C. Walker, Game Warden Ernest La Roe and Constable L. N. Walker (A.C.’s brother), went to arrest Cobb. The sheriff and the game warden stationed themselves at the front gate while the Walker brothers went to the back of the house. La Roe called for Cobb to surrender. Cobb ran out the back door past the two Walker brothers who ordered him to surrender. Cobb fired one round at the constable from double-barreled shotgun. Constable Walker was struck in the side and died instantly. Cobb emptied the shotgun and began firing a revolver and wounded Deputy Sheriff Walker in the right arm. The lawmen returned fire, but no one hit Cobb who escaped into the woods. Cobb was captured near Spurger later that afternoon after a brief gun battle with a posse.

On December 4, 1929, Joe Cobb was convicted of the murder of Constable Leonard N. Walker and sentenced to 5 years in prison. The charge of assault to murder against Deputy Sheriff A.C. Walker was dismissed as “insufficient evidence to convict.”

Walker was survived by his wife, Eula, and three children. He was buried in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Tyler County. Walker was appointed Constable of Precinct 5 sometime in 1926. He was on the ballot on November 6, 1928 and was elected six weeks after his death. The Precinct 5 Constable's Office has since been consoldiated into another precinct.

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Heroes live forever, Constable Walker, and we will never forget. Thank you for your sacrifice for the citizens of Tyler County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
September 22, 2013


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