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Constable Charles Lott Hays | Harrison County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas Harrison County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

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Charles Lott Hays

Harrison County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, October 1, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 days

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: lynched

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Precinct 4 Constable Charles L. Hays, along with Deputy Constable Sid Keasler, went to a farm house to arrest Mich Davis, who was wanted on a warrant they held. The officers were told by Walter Davis that Mich Davis was not there, but was working in a cotton field. The officers galloped their horses to the field to prevent Walter Davis from warning his brother. Mich Davis saw the officers coming and attempted to get his gun from a nearby building. The officers beat him to the gun and made the arrest. After the officers left the farm house Walter Davis took his shotgun and went to the road.

When the officers and their prisoner came by, Walter Davis raised his shotgun and said turn that man loose. At the same time Walter Davis fired a load of buckshot into Constable Hays' side. Deputy Keasler fired at Davis striking him in the side with a slight wound. Constable Hays was instantly killed, and fell off his horse.

Walter Davis was arrested and placed in the Marshall jail. Later that evening a mob forced their way into the jail and lynched him by hanging him to a tree on the west side of the city. Mich Davis and Nathan Hilton the Davis' stepfather were also arrested.

Constable Hays was survived by his wife Jamie and 2 children. He is buried in the Hallsville Cemetery, Hallsville, Harrison County, Texas.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 110th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 25, 2013

 

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