Sheriff Charles Bell

Sheriff Charles Bell

Brown County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, March 23, 1898

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Charles Bell

Sheriff Charles Bell was shot and killed as he and his deputy attempted to arrest a drunken blacksmith. Sheriff Bell and the deputy went to the suspect’s home and while upstairs the suspect stormed in and shot Sheriff Bell. The deputy returned fire and killed the suspect.

The deputy, George Washington Batton, was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 3, 1922, while serving as sheriff of Eddy County, New Mexico.

Sheriff Bell was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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We are safe today here in Brownwood, TX because of the courage displayed by you and others in law enforcement in Brown county. I salute each one of you! Thank you!

Ed Cosgrove
Citizen of Brown County

July 16, 2013

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