Special Policeman Clark Washington

Special Policeman Clark Washington

Orange Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 1891

Add to My Heroes

Clark Washington

Orange Special Policeman Clark Washington confronted Archie Washington at a town hall meeting when he saw Archie had a pistol. When Officer Washington attempted to arrest him, Archie drew his pistol and shot the officer to death.

Archie Washington was sentenced to life in prison but had his case overturned on appeal. He was sentenced to death at his second trial. He appealed again but escaped from jail for a few days. The appeals court dismissed his appeal because of the escape.

Archie Washington was legally hanged in Orange on July 26, 1892.

Officer Clark Washington was one of the earliest line of duty deaths by African American officers in Texas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Archie Washington, no relation

Most Recent Reflection

View all 9 Reflections

Rest in Peace Special Policeman Clark Washington. Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting flesh of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B. L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

April 4, 2016

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.