Deputy Constable Charles Franklin Stanner

Deputy Constable Charles Franklin Stanner

Cameron County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 25, 1929

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Charles Franklin Stanner

Deputy Constable Charles Stanner and Deputy Constable Robert Brown were shot and killed from ambush at a dance hall approximately three miles west of Brownsville.

He was speaking to a patron outside of the dance hall when several men appeared and opened fire on him from behind, shooting him 14 times. The men then shot and fatally wounded Deputy Constable Stanner as he came to assist.

Deputy Constable Brown died after being taken to Mercy Hospital. Deputy Constable Stanner succumbed to his wounds five days later. A suspect in their murders was arrested on June 16th, 1929. He confessed to being paid 15 pesos to murder Deputy Constable Brown.

On October 4, 1929, the suspect, 22, plead guilty to murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He was paroled on October 28, 1941.

Deputy Constable Stanner was survived by his wife.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 20, 1929
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1941

ambush, retaliation

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Deputy Constable Stanner,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Deputy Constable who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cameron County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 25, 2019

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