Inspector Charles E. Jones

Inspector Charles E. Jones

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, March 19, 1908

Charles E. Jones

Mounted Inspector Charles Jones and Mounted Inspector Charles Logan were shot and killed in a secluded spot in the abandoned river bed of the Rio Grande River, a short distance from El Paso, Texas. Their bodies were found the following day.

It was a dark night and the inspectors were traversing the riverbank searching for smugglers. Inspector Logan had a bullet hole through the heart, and Inspector Jones had a bullet through the right breast. They had been sent out from the local station as border riders and their horses were tied to the same bush, about sixty feet from the place where the bodies lay. The bullet that killed Inspector Logan was fired at such close range that powder burned the shirt over his heart, and blackened a big spot around the wound. People in the vicinity heard three shots at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 1908.

Contemporary accounts concluded that in the dark the two inspectors mistook each other for a smuggler.

Inspector Jones was born in England and had resided in El Paso for seven years. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, Texas, in an unmarked grave. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Location Texas

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Inspector Jones,
On today, the 108th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol

March 19, 2016

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