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Hebron Man Shot to Death in Drugstore After Ex-Convict Provokes Quarrel With Deputy

Crazed With Dope

"Came in Here Asking for It, Now He's Got It," Man Says, Flees

E. W. Isom, 26, Deputy Game Warden of Hebron, was shot for times and instantly killed Friday afternoon by Jimmy Ragsdale, narcotic addict and police character, in the D. & D. Drugstore, Akard and Powhattan.

Ragsdale, believed to have been crazed with dope, escaped after the shooting, but surrendered about 11:30 o'clock Friday night.

Isom was shot three times in the chest and arm and once in the back as he struggled with Ragsdale whom he did not know. Ragsdale was said to have provoked a quarrel with the Deputy Game Warden who had ordered a glass of beer from Jerry Hardin, the only man on duty at the drugstore.

The shots were fired from Hardin's Gun which Ragsdale had taken from its hiding place behind the counter while Hardin had absented himself from the store on a brief errand.

Ragsdale, according to witnesses walked over to the table at which Isom was sitting and began quarreling with him. As Isom got to his feet the drug addict drew Hardin's pistol and a struggle ensued, during which Isom was shot once in the back. He dropped to his knees and Ragsdale emptied the gun, a .32 caliber, at him

"Came Asking for It."

Ragsdale threw the empty pistol to the floor, turned to the horrified witness and declared:

"He came in her asking for it - now he's got it."

Then he fled on foot to a near-by sedan. He was seen an hour after the shooting in company of two men driving a sedan near Ninth and Ewing.  All police squads were directed in a city-wide search for until his surrender.

Two witnesses, Evelyn Jones, 16 of  1310 Powhattan, and Floy Prigmore, 16, of 1214 Powhattan, were questioned by police. The former was standing on the sidewalk outside of the store and had talked to Ragsdale a few minutes before he entered.  Floy Prigmore told police she begged Ragsdale not to fire, when she saw him flourish the pistol.  Frightened, she ran out of the drugstore to avoid stray bullets.

Ragsdale was said by police to have been in an ugly humor all afternoon, and, according to officers, had threatened to "get" a narcotic peddler, whose activities are known to patrolmen.

He entered the drugstore presumably in search of the peddler.

Ragsdale appeared at the Criminal Courts Building with relatives and was placed in the county jail after being questioned by Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Decker.

Dean Gauldin, former Assistant District Attorney, telephoned Deputy Decker that Ragsdale was in his office and ready to surrender. Gauldin said Ragsdale's relatives had brought him to his office. He said he would represent Ragsdale.

Funeral services for Isom will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hebron Baptist Church. Burial will be at Plano.

Isom is survived by his wife; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs.. E. Isom of Hebron; a brother, Weldon of Dallas; a sister, Maurine of Hebron; four uncles, G. F. of Carrollton, S. J. Isom of Dallas, Charles Skiles of San Antonio and Earl Skiles of Carrollton; two aunts, Mrs. Harris Harpool of Hebron, Mrs. Oscar Crane of Kim, Colo., and a grandmother, Mrs. W. H. Skiles of Garland.

Isom was a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Hebron Baptist Church. He was employed as manager of the J. M. Rush farm near Hebron, which formerly was the property of the T. W. Vardell estate.

The Dallas Morning News - January 30, 1937
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

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ISOM - Emerald Waymon, age 27, passed away, Jan. 29. Survived by wife, Mrs. Anna Belle Isom; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. B. Isom; one sister; Maurine Isom, all of Hebron; one brother, Weldon Isom, of Dallas. Funeral services 2:30 p.m. Sunday Hebron Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jimmy Reed officiating. Pallbearers; Donald B. Isom, Paul W. Davis, Roy Choate, Dick Skiles, Paul Wright, Monroe Cook. Interment in Cemetery Hill. Arrangements with Rhoton Funeral Home, Carrollton

The Dallas Morning News - January 31, 1937
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


MAY 15, 1909 - JAN. 29, 1937

Furneaux Cemetery, Heborn, Denton Co., Texas


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