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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Hamilton Brown, Jr. | Wise County Sheriff's Office, Texas Wise County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph Hamilton Brown, Jr.

Wise County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 27, 1933

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Brown was shot and killed while attempting to arrest suspects wanted for stealing an oil drum. Deputy Brown, also a barber in town, observed the men driving through the area and motioned for them to stop their vehicle. He brought all three men into his barbershop without searching them and sat them down as he called for backup. One of the men pulled out a pistol and attempted to force Deputy Brown to come with them. Deputy Brown resisted and pushed the suspect out of the door. As the suspect fell he fired six shots, striking Deputy Brown in the neck. The shooter was never apprehended.
The suspects were responsible for the murders of three other law enforcement officers before one of them was shot and killed and the others were arrested. The other officers killed were: Deputy Harvey Bolin of Lamb County, Texas; Chief Deputy Thomas Jones of Lincoln County, New Mexico; and Deputy Harvey Bolin of Lamb County, Texas.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Harvey S. "Harve" Bolin
Lamb County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 20, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

Sheriff John C. Moseley
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End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Chief Deputy Sheriff Thomas W. Jones
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico
End of Watch: Sunday, July 16, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Joseph H. Brown Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Wise County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers.

Amen.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 20, 2016

 

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