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Ranger Quirl Bailey Carnes | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas

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Quirl Bailey Carnes

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 31, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Jacinto Trevino

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James Darwin, a young engineer for the San Benito Land and Water Company, was murdered by Jacinto Trevino. The company posted a $500 reward. Trevino's cousin, Pablo, informed authorities that Jacinto intended to return from Mexico and kill the company's chief engineer. Pablo led Texas Ranger Privates Q. B. Carnes and Pat Craighead, Cameron County Deputy Sheriffs Henry B. Lawrence and Earl West, and six company employees to a location near the Rio Grande River where Jacinto was supposed to cross. They split into four groups.

After midnight, they heard a group of men approaching. One of the officers hailed the group to stop. A fusillade erupted. Lawrence and Carnes were cut down as they arose from a crouch. Lawrence died instantly from seven buckshots in the right side of his head. Carnes was mortally wounded with seven rifle wounds, one bullet entering through the back of his head and exiting his right eye. He lived until 9:00 a.m. Craighead and West came to their assistance. West was shot and wounded. Craighead then went to get the relief party. He fired a signal shot as arranged, but the relief party opened fire and wounded him. A posse found the body of Pablo Trevino after daylight. Jacinto Trevino was never arrested and disappeared into Mexico. Authorities believe Pablo led the officers into an ambush.

Ranger Private Quirl B. Carnes was born on June 1, 1884, and had just turned 26 years old and single. He was buried in Floresville in Wilson County. He had enlisted in Company B on December 4, 1908. His brother, U.S. Customs Inspector Herff Carnes, a former Texas Ranger, was shot in the line of duty on December 1, and died on December 4, 1932.

Lawrence was buried in the Fraternal Cemetery in Alice, Jim Wells County (then a part of Nueces County), in an unmarked grave next to his parents. He was 37 years old and single.

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Special Deputy Henry B. Lawrence
Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 31, 1910
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Inspector Herff Alexander Carnes
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, December 4, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Ranger Quirl Bailey Carnes. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 3, 2016

 

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