Dow Braziel – U.S. Deputy Marshal and IRS Officer


Dow Braziel

Dow Braziel

Dow Braziel (18??-1919) – Braziel served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal and an IRS Officer before he was killed in Ardmore, Oklahoma by Carter County, Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff Bud Ballew. The two apparently had a long standing feud because Ballew and his boss, Sheriff Buck Garrett had not enforced the Prohibition laws as aggressively as Braziel.

By the time that Dow died, he was no longer serving in a lawman capacity; but, still harbored a grudge against Bud Ballew. On January 31, 1919, very early in the morning, Ardmore Chief of Police Les Segler met up with Bud Ballew in the east part of the city, where gunshots had been heard. After talking for a time, the two headed to the California Cafe, at the corner of Main and Mill Streets for breakfast. As they entered the cafe, they noticed Dow Braziel standing on the east side of room. Before they knew it, he fired two shots at Bud Ballew. The deputy immediately returned fire, emptying his pistol and hitting Braziel, who fell dead on the floor. Bud was then arrested by the Police Chief, taken to the police station, and later transferred to the county jail. However, Chief Segler made a formal statement as to the facts and Bud was soon released.


By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, August, 2017.


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