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Private Robert Steen | Texas State Police, Texas Texas State Police, Texas


Robert Steen

Texas State Police, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 27, 1871

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Unknown disposition

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The Texas State Police were formed during the administration of Texas Governor Edmund J. Davis on July 22, 1870, to combat crime statewide in Texas. It was dissolved on April 22, 1873. On April 27, 1871, Private Robert Steen, an African American, attempted to stop T. C. "Code" Brown, son of Green Brown of the firm of Brown and Wilkerson, from firing his pistol inside a saloon in Hearne, Robertson County. As Private Steen stepped up to talk to him, Brown shot the policeman and shot him again while he was on the ground. Brown fled the scene. State Police Captain L. H. McNelly was sent to investigate the crime. His report to the Adjutant General on May 3, 1871 identified the killer as T.C. (Code) Brown. There is no evidence at this time that Brown was ever arrested or tried for the murder of Private Steen.

The roster for the Third District of the Texas State Police reports that Steen was commissioned on July 8, but not accepted until August 10, 1870 when his oath is dated. He was dismissed on November 30, 1870, and reinstated on December 1, 1870. He had served slightly over 8 months.

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Rest In Peace Private Robert Steen. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas. You served with Great Honor, Courage and Humility.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. I also Pray that the flames of hell trailed your murderer all the days of his life and may the hounds of hell now gnaw at his soul for eternity!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas
April 27, 2016


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