Constable James Alexander Byrd

Constable James Alexander Byrd

Kingston Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, August 29, 1927

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James Alexander Byrd

Constable Byrd succumbed to injuries received three days earlier when he was assaulted while patrolling the annual county picnic. While standing on a street corner at 7:00 pm a man walked up to him, grabbed his gun out of its holster, and struck him on the head several times with it, causing a fractured skull. The cause of the problem between the two was unclear.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to 15 years. On January 1, 1933, he was granted a years leave of absence and then released when the year ended.

Constable Byrd was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, August 26, 1927
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Released in 1933

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Constable Byrd was/is my grandfather. He was married to Rena Hoggard they had a son Pete. She died and Mr. Byrd married Grace Greer. They had 2 sons, John and Ray. John is my father. Both John and Ray are deceased. Ray has said they only memory he has of his father is going to the funeral. Daddy never talked about him. The 2 younger boys had to be put in some sort of home during the depression, because their mother was not able to care for them. Daddy ran away numerous times. Losing their father at such an early age and not understanding why their mother couldn't care for them, bothered them up until a few years before they died. The death of loved ones has far reaching consequences.

Anne Legg

July 27, 2013

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