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U.S. Customs Inspector Joseph Turner Brown | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

U.S. Customs Inspector

Joseph Turner Brown

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 4/2/1940

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Inspectors Joseph T. Brown and C.B. Sills were in San Sebastian in Cameron County when they confronted two men suspected of being smugglers. One of the men opened fire and wounded both officers. The officers returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. One suspect fled the scene and was later arrested. Both men were charged with murder. Sills suffered minor wounds to his hips and scalp. Turner suffered serious wounds and died at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 1940.

Inspector Brown was survived by his wife and four children. He was buried in Denton, Texas.

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A hero is honored today, RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
April 9, 2012

 

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