Dow Braziel

Dow Braziel

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Death 31 Jan 1919 (aged 37)
Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 16228558 · View Source
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Name: Dow Brazeel
Birth: 8 Oct 1881
Residence: Carter, Oklahoma

Dow Braziel previously served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and as a U.S. Internal Revenue Prohibition Agent before he was killed in Ardmore, Oklahoma by Carter County Deputy Sheriff Bud Ballew. The two men apparently had a long standing feud because Braziel, in his previous job as a Prohibition Agent, felt that Ballew and his boss, Sheriff Buck Garrett, had not aggressively enforced the Prohibition laws. On January 31, 1919, Ardmore Chief of Police Les Segler met Deputy Bud Ballew in the east part of the city, where gunshots had been heard. The two officers headed to the California Café, at the corner of Main and Mill Streets. As they entered the café, they noticed Dow Braziel standing across the room. Without warning, Braziel fired two shots at Ballew, but missed. The deputy immediately returned fire, emptying his pistol and hitting Braziel with all six shots, leaving him dead on the floor. Ballew was arrested and taken to the county jail. However, after police Chief Segler made a formal statement as to the facts of the encounter, Ballew was released and not tried for the killing on grounds of self defense.

Information courtesy of Find A Grave member George Bacon #46523227.

Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Friday, January 31, 1919.


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  • Created by: Teresa Jarosek Elmore
  • Added: 17 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16228558
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dow Braziel (8 Oct 1881–31 Jan 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16228558, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Teresa Jarosek Elmore (contributor 46626861) .