Constable Fred M. Bristol was attending a Mexican Ball on Sixth Street as a spectator on the evening of May 5, 1904. After taking his wife home, he returned to see if he was needed officially. There was trouble between three men and Bristol and his deputy decided to arrest them. Two were taken into custody per the deputy and the third fled. Bristol gave chase. Shortly after midnight, a young man going home from town found Bristol’s body near Sixth and D streets. He had been stabbed.
On May 6, Francisco Ortiz was arrested for Bristol’s murder and positively identified as the man Bristol had chased.
Bristol, 33, had been elected Constable for Chino Township in 1896 and re-elected in 1902. He was from Nebraska and had lived in Chino for 10 years.