Special Agent John Baptist Bradberry

Special Agent John Baptist Bradberry

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, March 16, 1935

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John Baptist Bradberry

Special Agent John Bradberry was shot and killed while assisting a United States Immigration officer in Bowie, Arizona. The immigration officer had spotted several people exiting a freight car from a train that had just arrived in Bowie and requested assistance from Agent Bradberry.

The two officers rounded up 11 men and began to question and search them for stolen property. One of the men suddenly pulled out a revolver and opened fire, fatally wounding Agent Bradberry. He exchanged gunfire with the Immigration Officer as he escaped.

The suspect was arrested in Redwood, California, two weeks later. He was was convicted of Agent Bradberry's murder and executed in the gas chamber on May 15th, 1936.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 13, 1935
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1936

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Hey Great Uncle!

Thank you for your duty honor protecting people back then. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for you to work in those types of conditions that you had to be put up with all the time.

I hope that I can find your brother, Bate Bradberry, who you deputized to help serve under you is discovered and that the both of you are recognized together so that the both of you are remembered for your services and dedication together. It's been way too long now.

Take care and may the both of you keep watch over everyone from up there.


Erik J.

Family, my Great Grandfather and Great Uncle

November 14, 2016

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