Patrol Inspector William L. Sills

Patrol Inspector William L. Sills

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 1940

William L. Sills

Patrol Inspector William Sills was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a smuggler near McAllen, Texas.

He and two other inspectors had encountered three smugglers. Two of the aliens were arrested and Inspector Sills was shot while attempting to stop the third from escaping. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Inspector Sills had served with the United States Border Patrol for three years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 17, 2012

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