Patrolman Elijah James "Eli" Cass

Patrolman Elijah James "Eli" Cass

Big Spring Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 6, 1940

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Elijah James "Eli" Cass

Patrolman Cass suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit through the rail yards. Patrolman Cass had responded to a shoplifting and arrived as the suspects fled. He chased the men into the rail yards where he caught one of the men. As he walked the man to his patrol car he collapsed.

Patrolman Cass had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Patrolman Cass,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Big Spring.


United States Border Patrol

November 6, 2020

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