Sheriff J. F. Holmes

Sheriff J. F. Holmes

Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 26, 1877

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J. F. Holmes

Sheriff J.F. Holmes was shot and killed in Trinity while attempting to arrest a man wanted in several counties for murder and stealing horses.

The subject shot the unarmed Sheriff Holmes in the head, causing a fatal wound. Sheriff Holmes succumbed to the wound 15 days later.

The man who shot him was arrested by a posse in Polk County. The outcome of the trial is not known.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 11, 1877
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Sheriff Holmes,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Trinity County.


United States Border Patrol

April 26, 2017

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