An East Texas officer killed in the line of duty remembered

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - Camp County officers and townspeople gathered at the police station in Pittsburg to remember fallen officers, and a Pittsburg officer who served in the 1920's. He was the only one ever to fall in the line of duty, Charles Newsom.

"At that time the city was staffed with a city Marshall and had a night watchman that also had arrest powers," said Chief Richard Penn, with the Pittsburg PD.

It was December of 1920 when Officer Newsom went on a call to a nearby establishment that was about two blocks away. It was a call that was indicative of the times; connected to prohibition. Newsom had arrested a suspect on prohibition charges two days earlier and he walked into a trap set by the man he arrested.

"His assailant took him and struck him in the neck with a the same time that assailants brother shot him four times," said Penn.

But justice prevailed, and one suspect was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 25 years. The other committed suicide. 88 years later, Newsom is remembered as giving no less than any officer who has ever served.

"Sometimes we lose history as we adjust from generation to generation," said Penn. "He was simply doing his job."

And Newsom's legacy continues to this day. Among his descendants is a relative in Washington D.C. who is a secret service agent.

Relatives were also on hand to remember Constable Dan Tubbs who was killed in Pittsburg in the 1970's in the line of duty when his son was only 13 yrs old.

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