U.S. Customs Inspector Joseph Turner Brown

U.S. Customs Inspector Joseph Turner Brown

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1940

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Joseph Turner Brown

Inspectors Joseph T. Brown and C.B. Sills were in San Sebastian in Cameron County when they confronted two men suspected of being smugglers. One of the men opened fire and wounded both officers. The officers returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. One suspect fled the scene and was later arrested. Both men were charged with murder. Sills suffered minor wounds to his hips and scalp. Turner suffered serious wounds and died at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 1940.

Inspector Brown was survived by his wife and four children. He was buried in Denton, Texas.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 2, 1940
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Inspector Brown,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2020

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