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

Around 10:30 p.m. Deputy Constable Clarence E. James and Mrs. Charlie Anderson were on the grounds of the Lakewood Country Club. The deputy constable was attempting to trap and arrest a hijacker who had robbed several couples in the area. Deputy Constable James and Mrs. Anderson were sitting on a bench when the deputy constable spotted a man crawling through a fence, and suddenly trotting towards them. A shootout followed, and the deputy constable was struck in the abdomen and mortally wounded. In his dying statement, Deputy Constable James 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.

Clarence E. 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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Rest In Peace Pct. #1 cDeputy Constable Clarence Elmo James. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Dallas County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your family and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 24, 2016

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