Constable James A. Nelms

Constable James A. Nelms

Grayson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Friday, July 4, 1879

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James A. Nelms

Constable Nelms was shot and killed when he responded to a report of two drunk men fighting at a saloon. When he attempted to intervene he was shot and killed. The offender fled but was located soon after and killed by a responding law enforcement officer.

Constable Nelms, who served as Navarro County Sheriff from 1870-1872 before joining the Grayson County Constables' Office, was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Deceased


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Rest in Peace Constable James A. Nelms . Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Grayson County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you forever burn in the lake of fire.


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

July 6, 2016

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