Constable John J. Connell

Constable John J. Connell

Lampasas County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 8, 1915

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John J. Connell

Constable Connell was shot and killed as he chased a suspect on his horse. The suspect had been arrested by Constable Connell and other officer for forgery. During questioning the suspect escaped, at which time Constable Connell gave chase and was shot. The suspect was apprehended the next day.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years. He was pardoned by Governor Miriam A. Ferguson on December 12, 1926.

Constable Connell had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1926

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Please note that I have written a chapter on Constable John Connell in my upcoming book "Texas Ranger Big Ed Connell." Ed and John were brothers. The full details of the murder, chase and eventual arrest is covered in the chapter. The book will be published in 2021 by Wild Horse Media Group, Eakin Press, Fort Worth, TX.

Norman Wayne Brown
Writer of the old west

October 7, 2020

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