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- Dec. 04, 1932 -
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Resided: TX, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Dec. 04, 1932
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 53 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  
Washington D.C., DC   20229   USA
(877)227-5511
County: District of Columbia
Dept. Type: Federal/Law Enforcement
Hero's Rank: Inspector
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 21 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TX   USA   Sun. Dec. 04, 1932
Summary: H. A. Carnes was a legendary lawman along the Texas-Mexico border. His brother, Texas Ranger Private Quirl Carnes, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 31, 1910. His brother, A. B. Carnes, was sheriff of Wilson County, Texas from 1917 to 1937.

Carnes joined the Texas Rangers in 1903 and rose to the rank of sergeant. He resigned in 1911 and became a Mounted Inspector with the United States Customs Service. During his 29 years of policing the border he was involved in numerous gun battles.

Carnes and three other mounted inspectors received information from an informant of smugglers transporting illegal liquor across the Rio Grande River near Ysleta, about 13 miles down river from El Paso. The federal agents were concealed so well the 2 smugglers in the advance guard started walking between them, creating a dangerous cross fire situation. Carnes rose and ordered the smugglers to surrender. One smuggler fired at Carnes. The bullet hit Carnes' pistol and split into two pieces, entering his abdomen. Carnes and the other inspectors opened fire, but the smugglers escaped into Mexico.

Inspector Carnes was taken to a hospital in El Paso where he succumbed to his wounds three days later. He was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in the Restlawn Cemetery in El Paso.

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