Sheriff John Henry Feeley

Sheriff John Henry Feeley

Culberson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 9, 1914

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John Henry Feeley

Sheriff John Feeley was shot and killed after responding to a call where two well-known political officials, a judge, and a citizen were fighting while armed in the streets. As Sheriff Feeley attempted to stop the fight by stepping in between the two men, the judge shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

The only punishment the judge received for murdering Sheriff Feeley was a $50 fine for discharging a firearm.

Sheriff Feeley had served with the Culberson County Sheriff's Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Fined $50

fight call, weapons violation

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Volunteering at the Clark Hotel Historical Museum for 16 years and learning about the local history has made me very sensitive to the people who served to uphold the law in Van Horn, Culberson County, TX. Those who give their lives in the line of duty is the most we can ask for. I believe Sheriff John Henry Feeley to be one of our best. I feel for his family that I have met in this lifetime, today. I thank him for his service. May he rest in peace.
P.S. FYI: A beautiful headstone was recently placed in the Van Horn Cemetery by the family. The name on the stone will be spelled, Feely, per the family of today. I have filed in the museum a resent letter explaining this unusual change, and a couple of copies of old letters, which have the different spelling. pmg

Curator Patricia M. Golden
Clark Hotel Historical Museum

June 30, 2022

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