Wood County Courthouse in Quitman, Texas

Wood County, Texas

Wood County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,964. Its county seat is Quitman. The county was named for George T. Wood, governor of Texas from 1847 to 1849.


LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN WOOD COUNTY

POLICE DEPARTMENTS

Alba, Hawkins, Mineola, Quitman. Winnsboro, Winnsboro I.S.D.

WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN QUITMAN

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN QUITMAN

WOOD COUNTY CONSTABLES, PRECINCTS 1-4



John S. Wofford

Wood County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1907


Constable Wofford and his brother, Deputy Sheriff Amos Wofford of the Wood County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed while they attempted to arrest a father and son for liquor violations. One of the suspects produced a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding both lawmen. Both suspects were also shot and killed by return fire in the incident.


Bio

Age Not available


Incident Details

Cause Gunfire

Weapon Handgun

Offender Not available

Amos R. Wofford

Wood County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 4, 1907


Deputy Wofford and his brother, Constable John Wofford of the Wood County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, were shot and killed while they attempted to arrest a father and son for liquor violations. One of the suspects produced a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding both lawmen. Both suspects were also shot and killed by return fire in the incident.

Deputy Wofford had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and three children.


Bio

Age 35

Tour 10 years


Incident Details

Cause Gunfire

Weapon Handgun

Offender Both shot and killed

Julian E. Howard

Wood County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 10, 1905


Deputy Sheriff Julian E. Howard responded to a shot being fired in a billiard hall in Alba, Texas. Deputy Sheriff Jim Shoemaker was in the billiard hall, owned by W. F. Holmes, serving papers when the first shot was fired. When Deputy Howard entered the billiard hall a shootout followed. Deputy Howard was shot in the chest, with a bullet from a rifle, killing him instantly. Deputy Howard did manage to shoot Holmes in the thigh.

W. F. Holmes, aka: "Fletcher' and "Fletch," and C. C. "Kit" Holmes were charged with the murder of Deputy Howard. On December 15, 1906, a trial resulted in a "hung jury." On December 8, 1908, the cases against both men were both dismissed on a motion made by the Wood County District Attorney.

Julian Howard was survived by his wife, Jennie. They had been married since May 20, 1900. No cemetery records or the burial location have been found.


Bio

Age 21


Incident Details

Cause Gunfire

Weapon Rifle

Offender Not available

Rube T. Mattox

Wood County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 2, 1900


Deputy Sheriff Rube T. Mattox, along with a small posse, went to arrest Shelby Fowler. They located him four miles south of Winnsboro. Fowler was charged with assaulting and cutting Winnsboro merchant R. G. Andrews earlier that day. When Deputy Sheriff Mattox attempted to arrest Fowler, Mattox was shot and killed by Frank Fowler, the father of Shelby Fowler. The posse scattered, and Deputy Mattox's body was not discovered until the next day.

Frank Fowler was indicted by the grand jury, and tried for murder by a Wood County jury. On December 1, 1900, the jury gave the following ruling - "We the jury find the defendant not guilty."

Mattox was survived by his wife and six children. He was buried in the Winnsboro City Cemetery, Winnsboro, Texas.


Bio

Age 52


Incident Details

Cause Gunfire

Weapon Unknown weapon

Offender acquitted

Volney Turner

Wood County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 20, 1878

Deputy Volney Turner was shot and killed as he and several other deputies attempted to serve a warrant on a man for cattle theft. 

The posse had gone to the man's home in Van Zandt County to arrest him. When they arrived at the home they found the suspect in his bed. As they attempted to arrest him, the man pulled a handgun from under his pillow and opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Turner. The other deputies returned fire. Despite being wounded five times, the suspect was able to flee the scene. He was arrested a short time later.

Deputy Turner also served as a deputy city marshal for Mineola, Texas.

Bio

Age 50


Incident Details

Cause Gunfire

Weapon Handgun

Offender Shot and wounded