This event didn’t take place in Caddo, but both parties had relatives throughout the area. Deputy Dow Braziel of Ardmore had already been involved in two publicized shootings before this altercation took place. One badly injured his right hand, but a month later, with it in a sling, he managed to wield a gun with his left hand and shoot a bootlegger. I don't know if these Braziels were all related, but most were from Texas, and there was also a violent killing there in 1923 when J. L. Braziel of Tyler shot and killed his wife.
Durant Weekly News
December 18, 1914
Killing at Coffey Bend
Jim Braziel Killed by Henry Anderson after Quarrel
Slayer Phoned the Sheriff of this Deed and Gave up to the Officer
A few drinks, a quarrel, a little gun play, a pistol shot, and the story is told of the killing of Jim Braziel, a young man living in the Coffey Bend country who was slain by Henry Anderson, late Monday night. Henry Anderson immediately after the shooting telephoned Sheriff Lib Hart that he had killed a man and wanted to give himself up to the officer and Sheriff Hart went out and brought him to this city where he was placed in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.
The story as told by Mr. Anderson is substantially as follows:
Mr. Anderson had given a dance at this home Monday night which was attended by young Braziel and a brother of his, both of whom had been drinking. During the evening Jim Braziel started a quarrel with a nephew of Mr. Anderson, during which disagreement it is said that Braziel threatened to kill the young man. Later in the evening Braziel took up the quarrel again, this time with Mr. Anderson himself. During the passing of heated words Mr. Anderson alleges that Braziel grabbed hold of him with a treat to kill him and reached toward his hip pocket, after which act Mr. Anderson quickly drew his gun, and shot Braziel in the pit of the stomach, which resulted in the death of Braziel almost immediately.
Mr. Anderson is well known here and is a successful farmer. He has a good reputation and neighbors have said that Henry Anderson is the last man in the world they would suspect of killing another. He is past fifty years of age while Braziel was a young man about twenty-five years old.
In 1908 John Braziel, Ardmore, shot and killed Constable D. B. Cook and wound two others in a drunken brawl.
In 1919 Dow Braziel, Ardmore, was killed in a shoot-out with deputy sheriff Bud Ballew.