Inspector Robert Stuart Rumsey, Jr.

Inspector Robert Stuart Rumsey, Jr.

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

End of Watch Saturday, August 19, 1922

Robert Stuart Rumsey, Jr.

U.S. Customs Inspectors Robert Rumsey, Jr., Frank Smith and Bill Musgrave were patrolling the Corpus Christi Road about 30 miles east of Laredo. The inspectors met two trucks carrying tequila, which they stopped and seized. Rumsey placed Frank Smith in one of truck and Bill Musgrave in the other. He ordered them to drive to Laredo while he followed in his car. Rumsey, a former Texas Ranger, was a border veteran, and knew that rifles were essential in brush fighting and six-shooters were worthless at the longer ranges. He unfortunately kept the two inspectors’ Winchester rifles in his vehicle. The procession came upon a vehicle with 4-5 heavily armed smugglers who were supposed to be the escort for the two seized trucks. Inspector Rumsey stopped his car and got out to stop the smuggler’s car when they opened fire and killed him. The smugglers seized Rumsey’s car and the two inspectors were left with only their pistols for defense. The two inspectors emptied their pistols at the smugglers and were forced to escape into the brush. This encounter took place about 3 miles from Mirando City in Webb County.

One newspaper account reported that Elias Torres was arrested and charged with the death of Inspector Rumsey. Another newspaper account reported that Jose Casanova was charged with the murder of Rumsey. His case was dismissed. No information at this time as to whether anyone was ever prosecuted.

Rumsey was 40 years of age at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Mary. No children were reported. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Laredo, Webb County, Texas.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace Inspector Robert Stuart Rumsey Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the thugs who murdered you are burning in hell.


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

August 18, 2016

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