Constable James Elbert Grigsby

Constable James Elbert Grigsby

Rusk County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 23, 1937

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James Elbert Grigsby

Precinct 3 Constable Elbert Grigsby of Tatum in Rusk County went to question Angus Williams about a recent burglary in nearby Panola County. Williams and another man were standing together as Constable Grigsby approached. Williams fired one blast from a single barreled shotgun loaded with No. 4 shot that killed Constable Grigsby. Williams fled to his home. A posse of 150 men was searching for Williams, but heavy rain obliterated the trail. Williams decided he could not escape and shot himself in the head with his shotgun the next day. Williams was an ex-convict who was sentenced to 99-years in prison for killing his wife in 1923. He had been recently released on parole.

Constable Grigsby, 29, had served 9 months before being slain in the line of duty. He was married but no report of whether he had any children. His parents survived him as did numerous brothers and sisters. He was buried in the Harmony Hills Cemetery in Rusk County.

In 1937, the constable for Tatum in Rusk County was elected in Precinct 3. Today, Precinct 2 covers the Tatum area.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 9 months, 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender committed suicide

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You served your County and your Country well, these are the people that are so Proud of you.

Jimmy E. Skinner
Constable Pct 5

October 9, 2012

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