Captain Frank Jones

Captain Frank Jones

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 1893

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Frank Jones

Texas Ranger Captain Frank Jones, Corporal Kirchner, Privates Tucker, Aten and Saunders, and El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Bryant obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jesus-Maria Olguin and his son, Severio, for cattle rustling. The Olguin clan were known outlaws and lived in a no man's land on Pirate Island, which was situated in the middle of the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico across from El Paso County. While Mexico claimed jurisdiction over the disputed island, parts of the island were in Texas. The Texas Rangers would later claim they did not realize they were in Mexico until after the gun battle.

The lawmen saw two Mexican riders flee, dismount, and enter some adobe building in the Town of Tres Jacales, Mexico. As Captain Jones and his men approached, gunfire erupted from inside the buildings and the surrounding brush. Jones was wounded in the thigh and fell from his horse. He straightened his leg out and continued firing. Private Tucker came to his assistance, but Jones told the other men to save themselves. Seconds later, he was riddled with bullets and died. The vastly outnumbered lawmen returned to Texas to summon assistance. El Paso County Sheriff Simmons went to Juarez, Mexico, to request the return of Captain Jones' body. Mexican authorities filed a diplomatic protest but returned his body days later. The Olguins were reportedly wounded and arrested by Mexican authorities, but they were never prosecuted.

Captain Jones had sent a letter to Ranger officials 6 weeks earlier requesting additional men due to a large number of bandits in the area. He was buried on his father-in-law's ranch. In 1936, he was reburied in Ysleta, El Paso County, and a state marker was erected. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not prosecuted


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Capt. Jones,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 1, 2023

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