New tombstone unveiled for A.W. Grimes

A historical figure received a new tombstone Friday after the original was broken in half.

Former Deputy Sheriff and Texas Ranger A.W. Grimes was honored at the Old Sam Bass Cemetery.

"In Williamson County, we've only had four police officers killed in the line of duty. He was a city marshal in Bastrop, and then he actually became a Constable in Bastrop. Then he joined the Texas Rangers. He did that for less than a year," said Sgt. Craig Gripentrog with the Williamson Co. Sheriff's Office.

In 1878 Grimes was murdered in the line of duty by the Sam Bass Gang.

"Sam Bass, and his gang actually came to Round Rock to rob a bank. Somebody that was close to his gang actually tipped off the Texas Rangers in North Texas that this was going to go on. A few days later, A.W. Grimes and a Travis County Deputy Sheriff were working up here. Saw the individuals walk into a grocery store that was on Main Street. (Grimes) noticed the buldge in his jacket, believing it was a firearm. When they approached him, they said, 'Hey, give me your firearm." And he said, ' I'll give you both of em.' History still doesn't say who shot A.W. Grimes. It just says all three started shooting, and he was shot five times and killed...right there...in the store," Gripentrog explained.

In recent years, his original tombstone had broken in half.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office dedicated a new tombstone during Friday's ceremony.

"We felt it was the right thing to do. To honor the good guy. A local legend," said Craig Zimmerhanzel, the man who donated the tombstone.

The original tombstone will be donated to the Williamson County Museum.

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