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Constable James J. Bobbitt | Houston County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas Houston County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas


James J. Bobbitt

Houston County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 30, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: sentenced to 5 years in prison

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James J. Bobbitt was the elected Constable for Precinct 7 in Houston County. Constable Bobbitt detected John Pugh and others gambling, and reported them. Pugh refused to submit to arrest. Later when a deputy sheriff tried to arrest him, he fought with the deputy sheriff over the fine. Pugh on several occasions thereafter used very abusive language in regard to Constable Bobbitt, and at all times carried a shotgun, saying he had as much right to carry it as the officers did a pistol. Pugh had become unruly on the baseball ground, and when requested to desist, used very offensive language, and threatened to take the life of Constable Bobbitt. Constable Bobbitt went into the general store and asked Pugh if he had his gun, and Pugh answered, no. The constable and his brother started to leave as Pugh went behind the counter and shot the constable with a shotgun. Pugh was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the state penitentiary.

Constable Bobbitt was survived by his wife and five children. He is buried in the Weches Cemetery in Houston County.

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Once again Constable Bobbit I find myself reflecting on the crime perpetrated against you and the light sentence that scum Pugh received! I know there is a God and he has sought retribution for your loss. May Pugh forever feel the flames of the lake of fire searing his soul.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent Retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX retired
April 30, 2017


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