Sheriff J. F. Holmes

Sheriff J. F. Holmes

Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 26, 1877

J. F. Holmes

Sheriff J.F. Holmes was shot and killed in Trinity while attempting to arrest a man wanted in several counties for murder and stealing horses.

The subject shot the unarmed Sheriff Holmes in the head, causing a fatal wound. Sheriff Holmes succumbed to the wound 15 days later.

The man who shot him was arrested by a posse in Polk County. The outcome of the trial is not known.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 11, 1877
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Sheriff Holmes,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Trinity County.


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April 26, 2017

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