Deputy Constable James L. Grayson

Deputy Constable James L. Grayson

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Monday, April 12, 1915

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James L. Grayson

Deputy Constable James Grayson was shot and killed on the 3300 block of Washington Avenue after he and another deputy confronted a group who were singing loudly and playing musical instruments near a park at 10:00 pm.

After Deputy Grayson ordered the men from the street one of them demanded to know who the officers were. As Deputy Grayson responded the man punched him in the face and grabbed a pistol. The two exchanged shots and Deputy Constable Grayson was fatally wounded. The subject was also wounded in return gunfire.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years. He was pardoned by Governor James E. Ferguson on July 17th, 1917.

Deputy Constable Grayson had served with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1917

noise complaint

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Rest in Peace Deputy James L. Grayson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting flesh and bones of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 12, 2016

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