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

Constable

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

Incident Date: 7/5/1892

Weapon: Unknown weapon

Suspect: 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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and eighteenth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 5, 2010

 

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