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 - Sharp Shooting Sheriff And Tavern Operator...
Sharp Shooting Sheriff And Tavern Operator Killed In Gun Fight; Woman Charged Slain Sheriff's Wife Takes Office Oath Same Day He's Killed Or The A«30Cl»tsd Press) RU3K. Aug. 3 — Mrs. Bill Brunt. 26, was appointed sheriff of Cherokee county to succeed her husband who was shot fatally in a gun battle in which a tavern keeper also was slain near here early today. Mrs. Brunt took the oath of office immediately after her appointment this afternoon. She is the former Miss Mnry Dear of Crockett, Tex. The Brunts observed their third wedding anniversary yesterday. Britain Told To Remain Alert ray The Associated Presjl On the eve of a Uvo-mcnth adjournment for Parliament Thursday one member of the British cabi- I net cautioned ngainst taking the Lj world situation too lightly and another spoke optimistically. Lord Halifax, foreign secretary, told the House of Lords amid debate on foreign affairs "the next few weeks or months may prove critical" rind "I cannot encourage anyone to feel complacent about (By Thi AiioeUted Pren) R USK, Aug. 3.—Cherokee county's sharp-shooting young sheriff, Bill Brunt, and a tavern keeper were killed and a young woman employe of the inn wounded in an early morning pistol battle on the Rusk-Jacksonville highway today. A charge of murder was filed against the woman, Myrtle Stanley, 25, who told Investigators Brunt and Isaiah Creel, her employer, shot each other after the officer halted Creel's automobile. County Attorney Ellis Lewis quoted her as saying she and Creel had been to Kllgore and were returning with a load of beer. County Jj Dry Cherokee county is dry territory under local option. Creel, 42, operated a roadside place known as the Hock Inn, near here. The Stanley woman was the only witness to the shooting, Lewis said. He quoted her as saying Brunt attempted several times to halt the Creel car, then shot the tire off a front wheel, bringing it to a stop. When the sheriff walked up to the machine, she related. Creel fired once, the bullet striking Brunt In the heart. The sheriff, who won sharpshooter honors in the navy, fired three or four times before he fell. One bullet struck the tavern keeper in the chest, another hit the woman in the leg. All three victims lay beside the road for nearly an hour before a meat-truck driver brought word the shooting to Rusk. After being questioned by Lewis here, the woman was taken to a hospital at Jacksonville. Her wound was not regarded as critical. Brunt, 29, was one of the young- (Turn to Page 11, Column 6. Please)

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  1. Lubbock Morning Avalanche,
  2. 04 Aug 1939, Fri,
  3. Page 10

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