Marion County, Texas
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN MARION COUNTY
Jefferson, and Ore City
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN JEFFERSON
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN JEFFERSON
MARION COUNTY CONSTABLES, PRECINCTS 1 and 2
James Scott Burns
End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Trooper James Burns was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit in Marion County, Texas, at approximately 8:00 pm. The suspect stopped his vehicle, exited, and opened fire on Trooper Burns with a shotgun before he was even able to unlatch his seatbelt.
A citizen used the trooper's radio to inform dispatchers that the trooper had been shot near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729. The suspect fled the scene and committed suicide two days later.
Trooper Burns had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, 6-month-old daughter, parents, and two brothers.
Tour 5 years
Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
Offender Committed suicide
Dale Clint Sherrill
End of Watch Friday, October 19, 2007
His department vehicle was broadsided as he entered the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 49. He was flown to Good Shepherd Medical Center, in Longview, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.
Investigator Sherrill had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Tour 10 years
Cause Automobile crash
Incident Date Wednesday, October 17, 2007
E. R. Todd
End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 1940
Clyde Whatley, an oil field worker, agreed to take a married woman to visit one of her sick relatives. Constable E. R. Todd tried to discourage the woman from taking the trip with Whatley. Whatley and the woman knew that her husband was upset by the trip, but they went anyway. Upon their return, Whatley stayed away from the husband.
On Saturday, February 10, 1940, Whatley, armed with a gun, went to the neighborhood store and asked the husband to step outside. Whatley contended he had a friendly conversation with the husband. While they were talking, the constable walked up to where they were. Whatley alleged he acted in self defense because Todd drew his pistol first and Whatley believed Todd was going to kill him. The husband's newspaper account reported that Whatley drew his gun and shot Constable Todd through the sleeve. The next shot hit the constable in the back, and as he fell, the constable tried to draw his own gun. After firing two more shots at the constable, Whatley drove away. The court record shows that Constable Todd had his pistol in a loose scabbard under his shirt. After the shooting the pistol, still in the scabbard, was lying near the constable’s hand.
Constable Todd knew Whatley and the husband and wife, and the constable knew the husband was upset over Whatley taking his wife on a road trip without his permission. The constable had warned the woman not to go. When the constable saw Whatley and the husband together, he had to have concluded that trouble was brewing. Whatley's own testimony was that he stayed away from the husband because he knew he was angry. Whatley took a pistol with him when he went to confront the husband. Whatley alleged self defense, but the court record reports Todd’s pistol was still in his holster when he was killed.
Clyde Whatley was convicted of murder without malice and assessed 5-years in the penitentiary. He appealed over being denied bail and the case was reversed and remanded for a second trial. Whatley agreed to plead guilty and was assessed a 2-year sentence in the penitentiary.
E. R. Todd was born on September 25, 1896 and was 43 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Gertrude. He did not have any children. He was buried in the Shiloh Cemetery in Cass County.
Offender sentenced to 2 years in prison
Jerry Alexander Brown
End of Watch Wednesday, March 10, 1937
Sheriff Brown was shot and killed in his bedroom as he prepared himself for bed. His apartment was attached to the county jail. A man who escaped from jail five days earlier was arrested following the murder and confessed to killing Sheriff Brown because he believed the sheriff would kill him if he was caught. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on May 31, 1938.
Sheriff Jerry Brown had been with the agency for one year. His wife was appointed to complete his term in office. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Tour 1 year
Offender Executed in 1938
John Sydney Dugan
William "Will" Griffith
Charles J. Schwab
End of Watch Wednesday, November 5, 1890
Deputy Schwab had been with the agency for 20 years.
Tour 20 years
William Dean Sanford
End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1868
Weapon Gun; Unknown type