Constable Frank Walters

Constable Frank Walters

Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 25, 1889

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Frank Walters

Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Davis had been pursuing John Bell for cattle theft for four days. Davis was 10 miles from the community of Warren in Tyler County on September 25, 1889, when Tyler County Precinct 2 Constable Frank Walters and Polk County Deputy Sheriff Rhodes attempted to arrest Bell for the Montgomery County cattle theft. Bell was driving a wagon with his wife and two children when the lawmen approached him. The two lawmen were shot through the head and died immediately. Bell remained on the scene for nearly an hour and prohibited any one from removing the dead bodies until he saw fit to leave. Bell took the best horse, abandoned his wife and children, and fled through the Big Thicket towards the Louisiana border. Deputy Sheriff Davis, Tyler County Sheriff G.R. Ector and his deputy named Parker, were in hot pursuit of Bell.

On September 27, 1889, shortly after daybreak the lawmen got word that Bell was at a cabin near the Texas-Louisiana border. As they approached they saw Bell riding a horse ahead of them on the trail. Bell surrendered without a fight and was transported to the Tyler County jail in Woodville. Bell was reported to have been about 30 years old and was rumored to have killed six men prior to shooting Rhodes and Walters. There is no information at this time as to the disposition of the case against Bell.

The only certain information about Walters was that he was elected constable for Precinct 2 in Warren on November 6, 1888. His age, family and place of burial are not known at this time.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender Arrested

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Constable Walters,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tyler County.


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