1828 - 1885 (57 ans)
- [S1] Officer Down Memorial Page, (Non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes), https://www.odmp.org/officer/17092-sheriff-edward-alexander-stevens.
Sheriff Edward Alexander Stevens
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, November 7, 1885
Tour 25 years
Badge Not available
Incident Date Saturday, January 1, 1881
Weapon Gun; Unknown type
Offender Not available
Sheriff Edward Stevens succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound sustained four years earlier, in 1881. At the time, Sheriff Stevens was a deputy and was attempting to arrest two horse thieves near Luling, Texas. The posse and the suspects became engaged in a violent gun fight and Sheriff Stevens suffered severe wounds to his left arm. The wounds were so serious that it required the amputation of the arm. An infection set in following the surgery that led to Sheriff Stevens' death.
Sheriff Stevens was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and of the Confederate Army of the Civil War. He had served in law enforcement for over 25 years with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department, San Antonio Marshal's Office, and Texas Rangers. He was survived by his wife and seven children.
One of Sheriff Stevens' sons, Federal Prohibition Agent Charles Stevens, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 25th, 1929.
Sheriff Stevens is buried in San Antonio City Cemetery I in San Antonio, Texas.
- [S2] Bexar Community Texas Peace Officer Memorial, (Non-profit organization fully dedicated in honoring Texas Peace Officers who served in Bexar and made the ultimate sacrifice), 18 mai 2010, http://bctpom.blogspot.fr/2010/05/sheriff-edward-stevens.html.
Sheriff Edward Alexander Stevens
Bexar County Sheriff's Department, TX
Born: September 9, 1827
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Saturday, November 7, 1885
Date of Incident: 1881
Tour of Duty: 25 years
Suspect Info: Shot to death
Weapon Used: Unknown gun
Buried: San Antonio City Cemetery #1
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
TPOM: 15, B, 13
In 1881, Sheriff Stevens was serving as a deputy for then Bexar County Sheriff Thomas McCall and attempted to arrest two horse thieves near Luling, Texas. The posse and the suspects became engaged in a violent gun fight; Sheriff Stevens was severely wounded in the left arm during the gunfight. The wounds were so serious that it required the amputation of the arm. During the gunfight, Gillespie, a well known horse thief, was shot to death.
On November 7, 1885, while serving as Bexar County Sheriff; Sheriff Stevens died as a result of an infection set in following the surgery from his left arm being amputated.
Edwards A. Stevens was a veteran of the U.S.-Mexican War and served in 1855 as a member of a company of Texas Rangers. Stevens was first elected Sheriff of Bexar County and served from August 1, 1864, and served until August 11, 1865. Stevens was replaced after the end of the Civil War by an appointee (James Fisk) of provisional Governor H.J. Hamilton. (During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans in Congress pressed for "fairly sweeping disenfranchisement of former Confederates," says the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris. Southerners were asked to sign loyalty oaths to the United States to hold even the most minor local government post. In 1866, Stevens served as City Marshal of San Antonio. He later became a Deputy Sheriff for Bexar County and served in that capacity under Sheriff Thomas McCall.
In 1884, he was elected Sheriff of Bexar County for a 2nd time. Stevens took office on November 4, 1884, and remained as Sheriff until he succumbed to the infection in his left arm on November 7, 1885. Sheriff Edward Alexander Stevens was born at Harper's Ferry, VA. He was married on June 30, 1862, in San Antonio, Texas, to Elise Fromentier from Paris, France. They had 7 children; Virginia, Louise, Adella, Charles, Lizza, Oliver, Charles Stevens and Edward Oliver Stevens. He is buried with his wife at the San Antonio City Cemetery #1 in San Antonio, Texas.
The above information was obtained from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office web site which used sources from newspaper stories, history books and Bexar County records.