Clay County reserve deputy arrested in Wichita County assault


Daniel Canales, a reserve deputy for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Monday, Nov. 4 by the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, charged with assault-family violence and interfering with an emergency request for assistance.

The incident occurred in Iowa Park and involved a female. Canales, 23, of Wichita Falls, was booked into the Wichita County jail, where he also worked as a full-time detention officer, at 5:17 p.m. Monday.

The Pioneer Sentinel submitted an open records request on Tuesday, seeking additional information in the incident, as well as the bond set for Canales and a mugshot. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office has 10 days to respond.

According to a statement by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Canales was employed as a reserve beginning Jan. 1. Canales was suspended by the CCSO Tuesday, Nov. 5, and relieved of his duties on Wednesday, Nov. 6. During that time, Canales worked 38 days. He was not paid for 30 of those days.


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  1. Thomas Kennedy on

    I find the previous post made by Carla Crump Sauls inappropriate. Though I have never been in law enforcement, I would never disrespect and make fun of a man or woman who chooses the career as law enforcement. I will defend any man or woman who chooses to wake up everyday and put their vest on their chest and their gun on their waist to defend me and my county. I know there are time when we as a normal citizen think we might know whats going on and always first to critize but who are we to do that? Are we the ones who are on the side of that county road at 3am wrestling in the ditch trying to place one in handcuffs. Are we the ones knocking on the parents front door of their little girl letting them know their little girl has been killed in a car wreck? Are we the ones driving to that call of shots fired and thinking about family? No we are not. We are the ones at home sitting in front of the TV watching the news telling our spouses how big of idiots those guys are and telling them how they should do their job. So Carla Crump Sauls do me a favor, before you go bashing and making fun of the law enforcement in our county, put yourself in their shoes. You go patrol the street at 3am and see what you find that is good. You go knock on the girls parents door and let them know their daughter has died. Go to that shots fired call and see how you feel on their way there. Who knows what Deputy Canales had going on at the time of the assault, maybe he had one of these calls. I do not agree with what happened by no means but before you start mouthing, put your life in there shoes and let me know the added stress levels you will gain. I personally thank the CCSO for there hardwork they do and you will always have my support.

    • Carla Crump Sauls on

      I do have the respect for all Officers, my uncle is a Police Captain, my son in law as well as my father and uncles are and were war Veterans, but some people think that uniform and badge make them above the law. My family just lost a 25 and 9 year old. They were my nephews. And the way that it was handled was in no way totally lawful or as you say, a 3am knock on the door process. When your highway patrol officers and Texas ranger leave the seen because they don’t agree with the local law enforcement process, maybe that should be a heads up for that law department. And once again I have the highest respect for all men and women that wear any uniform and put their selves in harms way for our safety and our freedom, but sometimes they use that uniform and badge in their own best interest.

  2. Sheriff Kenny Lemons on

    Daniel Canales a full time Detention Officer with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, was hired on January 01-01-13 by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as a Part-Time Patrol Deputy. Since he has been hired he has worked approximately thirty eight (38) days, thirty, (30) of those days without compensation, per his reserve deputy contract.

    On Sunday 11-03-13 Sheriff Kenny Lemons was made aware of an incident occurring in Iowa Park Texas involving some type of altercation between Mr. Canales and a female. Sheriff Lemons immediately contacted Wichita County Sheriff David Duke, and advised Sheriff Duke of the report.

    On Monday 11-04-13, at approximately 5:00pm, Sheriff Lemons learned that the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mr. Canales.

    On Tuesday 11-05-13, Sheriff Lemons traveled to the Wichita County Jail Annex and personally served Mr. Canales with a letter of suspension, with instructions to travel to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Henrietta Texas upon his release.

    On Wednesday 11-06-13, Mr. Canales entered the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and met with Sheriff Lemons. Mr. Canales was terminated as a part-time deputy at that time.

    Any further information concerning the investigation will need to be addressed to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.

  3. rosemary bradley on

    I have lived in Clay County(Henrietta) all my life.. This kind of News on FB and social media is very desorbing.. when it happens in your own town…respect our town…and what has happened…Henrietta is a very quit Christian town that everyone has grown and love….keep the bad stuff out of it…

  4. what ever happened to the constitution where it says a man is innocent until proven guilty ? A few words in a news article is no reason to drag out the rope.People choose their vocation.Law enforcement is a chosen profession.Law officers know what they are getting into when they take the job. Law officers are suppose to be the toughest,meanest guys around when called on in the line of duty,then act like a Sunday school teacher the rest of the time.Few people can live a life like that.Takes a special person to be good at law enforcement.Keep up the good work CCSO.Thank God we have a freedom of opinion.

  5. Okay, Thomas, to quote the late, great Warren Oates from the movie “Stripes”: “Lighten up Francis”.
    Between the arrest of the reserve deputy and the accusations leveled at the constable and his wife, it WAS a bad week for some of those associated with law enforcement in Clay County. Not everyone who works in law enforcement is beyond reproach. Perhaps you were never pulled over and hassled by a Henrietta police officer as a young teenager. I was. When my father asked for an explanation the next day, he was threatened with a black jack. When he explained exactly what the black jack was fixing to be used for to the officer, it went back in the drawer. It is possible that you weren’t stopped by a Henrietta police officer in your own driveway at 1:00 in the morning for a curfew violation at the age of 20. I was. He told me he didn’t want to have to shoot me for coming out of a building. I said “Coy, I’m getting out of my car in my driveway.” The light finally came on for our local cop. Perhaps you were never involved in a traffic accident with a member of local law enforcement. My younger brother was. He was broadsided by a Henrietta police officer in an early 70’s Chrysler Newport on a side street. No lights. No siren. Spun the Chrysler 360 degrees and the cop car skidded over 90 feet after impact. My brother got the ticket from the same cop who had foolishly pulled a black jack on my dad. When Mom showed up with a lawyer, it was decided that while the ticket could not be dismissed, the city could choose to not pursue it. It was also discovered at that time that the only thing insured was the courthouse. She was also thanked for not getting our father involved.
    There are plenty of law enforcement members who conduct themselves professionally and effectively. Unfortunately, there are also those who use their position to become bullies. We need more of the former and less of the latter. Pretending that everyone falls into the first category is shortsighted.

  6. Thomas Kennedy on

    1bigtex, I agree with your post. And I hate to hear that happened to you and your family but in the end who are we hold grudges to? All your stories are from many years ago. I have called CCSO many times and many times it is a young deputy who responds. I always tell my wife that he is still “wet behind the ears” because he is wired up. CCSO is a small department and I spoke with one of them on one of the occasions at my place and he said they many of their deputies are new into law enforcement. Are we perfect at our job when we first start? not always! I understand your feelings about some guys become bullies when they have there badge on but what you might think is bullying might just be there job. I just hate when something happens that we automatically but a black eye on law enforcement.

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