Constable John Thomas Davis

Constable John Thomas Davis

Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 1, 1930

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John Thomas Davis

On July 1, 1930 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Dallas County Precinct 4 Constable John T. Davis and Deputy Constable T. Gardner Jones arrested four men caught in the act of stealing accessories from a stolen car. The officers found a pistol in their vehicle. En route to jail, the four men began fighting with the officers and took both of their pistols. The suspects shot both officers. Constable Davis was shot in the chest and died instantly. Deputy Constable Jones was wounded with powder burns from the gunfire.

All four men escaped, but three were later arrested. Antonio Adamez and Arturo Sanchez were sentenced to life in prison. Lupe Martinez received a 35 year sentence. Jesus Bustos escaped prosecution. On December 10, 1931, Arturo Sanchez was killed by another inmate.

Constable John Thomas Davis was survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter. He is buried in the Mesquite City Cemetery in Dallas County.


  • Age 63
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender A. Adamez, A. Sanchez and L. Martinez

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Constable Davis,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas County.


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July 1, 2020

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