The Wrong Move

A Ranger mistakenly followed some fleeing felons.

Texas Ranger Captain Frank Jones (seated, third from left) made a fatal mistake. On June 30, 1893, he and several of his men were looking for Mexican bandits near the border. Two men approached on horseback, then wheeled and raced away. Jones and company went after them. When they got to the tiny village of Tres Jacales, a group of hidden outlaws opened fire on the lawmen. Jones was shot to death. Technically, the fight occurred in Mexico, so Jones had violated international law—as well as riding into an ambush.

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