Constable Thomas E. Milstead

Constable Thomas E. Milstead

Fannin County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 1898

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Thomas E. Milstead

On Thursday, February 10, 1898, Fannin County Precinct 1 Constable Thomas E. Milstead and Fannin County Deputy Sheriffs C. B. "Charley" Bridge, Dailey Parish and June Riddling went to the community of Mulberry in northern Fannin County to arrest Will Green and Bob Hunter for selling illegal whiskey and carrying pistols. Constable Milstead and Deputy Sheriff Bridge knocked on the front door and advised Green when he opened the door that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Green drew a pistol and began firing at the officers. Constable Milstead was struck in the face by the gunfire, but drew his pistol and charged into the house and killed Will Green. The constable then engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle with Bob Hunter. Constable Milstead, who was by then weak from the loss of blood, was thrown down on a bed and Hunter was trying to shoot him when Deputy Sheriff Bridge came to Milstead's rescue and shot and killed Bob Hunter.

Constable Milstead was mortally wounded with five gunshot wounds and died four days later on February 14, 1898. Deputy Sheriff Bridge was seriously wounded by the gunfire but did not die from his wounds.

Constable Milstead was survived by his wife and an unknown number of children. He was buried in the Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 10, 1898
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Will Green and Bob Hunter

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