Rancher and gunman Mannen Clements was having some drinks in a Ballinger, Texas bar on March 29, 1887. His drinking companions were both local lawmen, and one of them (a man named Formwalt) pulled his pistol—the other, Marshal Joe Townsend, grabbed it. Clements drew his gun before being shot and killed, ostensibly by Townsend.
Some time later, Townsend was ambushed and lost an arm to a shotgun blast.. The suspects were well-known: Clements’ cousin John Wesley Hardin, or his son-in-law Jim Miller.