Sheriff Charles Bell

Sheriff Charles Bell

Brown County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, March 25, 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 had served with the Brown County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 24, 1898
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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Sheriff Bell,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brown County.


United States Border Patrol

March 25, 2023

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