U.S. Customs Inspector Joseph Turner Brown

U.S. Customs Inspector Joseph Turner Brown

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

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1940

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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A hero is honored today, RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 9, 2012

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