Police Officer Eldridge C. Cornelius

Police Officer Eldridge C. Cornelius

Simonton Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 21, 1929

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Eldridge C. Cornelius

Police Officer Eldridge Cornelius was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call.

He was attempting to arrest two men at the scene when one of them produced a handgun and shot him in the abdomen. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He was released in 1940.

Officer Cornelius was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 20, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 1940

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Officer Cornelius,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Simonton.

Mike Casey
U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Station

June 21, 2019

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