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Hero Down: Smith County Pct. 4 Constable’s Deputy Browne Carleton Dies Of Medical Issue

Tyler, TX – Smith County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Deputy Browne Carleton died on April 12 while surrounded by his family and friends, according to his department.

Deputy Carleton’s exact cause of death was not released.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to a great friend, coworker, and father,” the constable’s office said in a Facebook post later that day. “[Deputy Carleton] served faithfully until his final day with us here on earth.”

Deputy Carleton served with the New Orleans Police Department, the Louisiana State Police, and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) prior to joining the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office four years ago.

He served as both a deputy and as a bailiff during his time with the SCSO.

Deputy Carleton worked as a school resource officer at Winona Independent School District (ISD) after joining the constable’s office, and later transitioned to patrol, according to his department.

The Precinct 4 Constable Office described the longtime lawman as “a cop’s cop,” and said his death “is a tremendous loss” to the department, the community, and his family.

“Deputy Carleton was a true servant to the people of his community,” Constable Josh Joplin wrote. “There are many public servants in this world, but there’s only one Browne Carleton.”

“He was and will forever be our Cajun. It would be impossible to compare or find anyone to replace or equal the man Browne Carleton was to this community, including myself,” Constable Joplin said. “Payers for the family, my office, and our community.”

Winona ISD released a statement on April 13 saying Deputy Carleton will be sorely missed by the students and faculty throughout the district.

“We always enjoyed his kind words and laughs at our football games, hallways, and anywhere else we needed him,” Winona ISD said. “Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of our students forever, Deputy Carleton did that every chance he had.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Smith County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Deputy Browne Carleton, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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