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City Marshal James Edgar Williams | Rosebud Police Department, Texas Rosebud Police Department, Texas

City Marshal

James Edgar Williams

Rosebud Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 21, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 1 year, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/20/1909

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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City Marshal Edgar Williams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had committed a minor offense in Rosebud.

When Marshal Williams attempted to place the man under arrest the subject fled with Marshal Williams in pursuit. During the pursuit the subject turned and fired two rounds, striking Marshal Williams in the abdomen.

The Rosebud mayor continued pursuing the subject and shot him in the leg, wounding him. The subject was taken to jail but was forcibly removed from the jail a short time later by a mob of approximately 50 citizens. He was taken to the city fire station and hanged from the fire tower.

Marshal Williams also served as the elected constable of Falls County Precinct 7. He is buried at Woodland Cemetery, Rosebud, Texas.

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Marshal Williams,
Sir, it has taken over 103 years, but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rosebud.


United States Border Patrol
October 13, 2013


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