Constable Earl Franklin "Andy" Andrews

Constable Earl Franklin "Andy" Andrews

Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 1975

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Earl Franklin "Andy" Andrews

Constable Andrews was shot and killed after stopping a van that had been involved in a hit-and-run in Lavaca County. When the van stopped, the side door opened and a man exited with a shotgun. Constable Andrews ordered the man to drop the shotgun but the man fired, knocking Constable Andrews to the ground. The man then shot Constable Andrews a second time. The suspect then fired through the windshield of Constable Andrews' car at his wife, who was riding with him, striking her in the arm.

Both suspects, 24 and 26, were arrested later that day in Halletsville and charged with capital murder. Both were convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. One was paroled in 2000.

Constable Andrews was survived by his wife and four children.


A posse of seven state police officers was sent to a saloon to enforce a law prohibiting the wearing of side arms. The posse had arrested one man outside the saloon and when they attempted to enter the saloon a gun battle ensued.

Captain Williams, Private Cherry and Private Daniels were killed instantly. Private Melville died one month later.

Bio

  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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I've thought many times of "Andy Andrews" through the course of my life. I was kid when he was killed. He was my dad's commanding officer. I have vague memories of his wife and the warmth they always brought to our home when they visited. He was such a kind man that until today, I never knew he had kids of his own. I remember the lines of cars and peoples at his funeral. How much I wished all officers were like him. I guess that explains why my dad left the Constable's Office very shortly after Andys death. I still see the lost expression in his wife's eyes the last time I saw her. My heart breaks every time I think of our tragic loss. He is gone but will not be forgotten so long as I am alive! He never knew what a lifeline he was to me in my childhood. Thank you Andy for your sacrifice and to his family for theirs in loaning him to us in society!!

Gwynn Marie Sides
Citizen and Friend

May 16, 2022

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