Police Officer John H. Gaines

Police Officer John H. Gaines

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 19, 1913

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John H. Gaines

Police Officer John Gaines was shot and killed while waiting for backup during the arrest of a drunk deputy constable at East Sixth and Trinity streets. At the time, white suspects could only be arrested by white officers. Officer Gaines was waiting for a white officer to arrive to make the arrest.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison.

Officer Gaines was the first African-American policeman in Austin and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

arrest attempt

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God bless you brother. We've come along way. We are all blue in my eyes and you are a hero. Rest in peace

Police Officer
Dallas PD

September 14, 2013

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