Deputy Constable Clarence Elmo James

Deputy Constable Clarence Elmo James

Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 1928

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Clarence Elmo James

Deputy Constable James was shot and killed while attempting to trap and arrest a robbery suspect who had robbed several couples in the area of the Lakewood Country Club.

He and a female acquaintance were sitting on a bench when he spotted a man crawling through a fence, and suddenly trotting towards them. A shootout followed in which Deputy Constable James was struck in the abdomen and mortally wounded. In his dying statement, he stated that the man started firing without saying a word.

Blood evidence indicated the killer was also wounded. No one was ever identified as the killer. Deputy Constable James died the next day.

Deputy Constable James was survived by his wife, three children, his parents, a sister, and three brothers. He was buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 27, 1928
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Dear Agent Sherwood, Mrs. Loya, Anonymous & The Pecos Police Department:
Thank you for kind words and prayers and for taking the time to write these kind words on this page. Clarence Elmo James was my great grandfather. I was very close with my grandmother, and only have one photo of him and not many stories. I know how hard it was for my great grandmother to raise 3 daughters alone in the 1920’s. Thank you for respecting his memory.

Kellie Estrada

April 11, 2019

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