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Deputy Sheriff Alijah W. Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Alijah W. "Caige" Grimes

Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, July 19, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Two shot and killed

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Deputy Alijah Grimes was shot and killed during a stakeout of a local bank. He and other officers from his agency and the Texas Rangers received a tip that the Bass Gang would rob the bank. The officers observed four members of the gang enter a store next door to the bank. Deputy Grimes approached one of the gang members and asked if he was armed. The suspect, notorious outlaw Sam Bass, immediately shot him. Two Texas rangers who were nearby opened fire on the gang, killing one, and mortally wounded Bass. The other two escaped.

Deputy Grimes was a Freemason and a former Texas Ranger; he was survived by his wife and is buried in the northeast corner of the Round Rock Cemetery, Round Rock, Texas.

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Deputy Grimes, Three years ago I pitched a fit when I visited Round Rock and saw your headstone lying on the ground. I just returned to Round Rock today and saw that your headstone had been replaced! You are not forgotten, sir! Thank you to Williamson County for honoring this hero and maintaining his final resting place.

Detective
Maine State Police
February 4, 2016

 

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