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Inspector Jot Gunter Jones | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Inspector

Jot Gunter Jones

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

End of Watch: Sunday, October 1, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Escaped into Mexico

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Inspectors Barter and Jot Gunter Jones obtained information that Jose Garza had liquor in his possession and went to Mercedes in Hidalgo County about 12 midnight to arrest him. Garza was arrested at a dance hall, but in some manner he managed to knock a revolver from Jones’ hand and snatching up the weapon from the ground opened fire on Jones. He fired three shots. All of which took effect, two striking Jones in the leg and one piercing his breast. Jones lived about 15 minutes after the shooting. Inspector Barter opened fire on Garza, and although wounded, he managed to escape and is believed to have fled into Mexico. A posse in search of Garza went into the area, and while trying to effect entry into a house, frightened a girl who ran out the door and was accidentally killed by the posse. Garza was a notorious criminal, having served time in prison in Texas or Louisiana for a killing several years ago.

Inspector Jones had been in the Customs Service since February 6, 1922. His home was in San Antonio and his body was shipped there for burial in the Mission Burial Park. He was 29 years old and a widower.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 26, 2013

 

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