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Constable James Frederick Green | Donley County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas Donley County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas


James Frederick Green

Donley County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Unknown weapon

Offender: Killed by constable

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The train arrived in Clarendon in Donley County. It carried Constable J.F. Green, D.A. Peel, and Bingham Grissom, an inspector for the Stock-Raisers' Association of North-West Texas who had just arrived from Amarillo. The three men went into a saloon (reported as Frank Borcher’s and Jim Kanea’s) on Kearney Street at 6:20 a.m. Potter County Sheriff R.M. Worden was in Clarendon to attach witnesses and was in the saloon, but was unarmed. Constable Green had arrested one of the Bell clan and sent him to prison for cow stealing, and a feud existed between Green and the Bell’s. R.W. “Bob” Bell, well known cowboy and frontiersman, and his brother, Eugene Bell, were in the saloon or followed Green into the saloon. Bob Bell opened fire on Constable Green. A stray bullet hit Inspector Grissom and killed him. Constable Green shot seven times and killed Bell before dying himself. Eugene Bell was arrested. It is unknown if he was ever convicted of any charge.

Green was elected Constable for Precinct 2 in Donley County on November 4, 1890. The newspaper reported that Green had been a lawman in Clarendon for 5 years and a lawman for a total of 16 years. Green served as a Texas Ranger from 1882-1887. It is unknown if he was survived by a wife or children. While he was reported to have been buried in Donley County his grave site cannot be located.

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Field Inspector George Bingham Grissom
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 1892
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Constable James R. Green. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Donley County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum you dispatched to hell forever burn in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 6, 2016


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