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Sheriff William Bowden Arthur | Dickens County Sheriff's Department, Texas Dickens County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Sheriff

William Bowden Arthur

Dickens County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, October 27, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/27/1934

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Executed in 1936

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Sheriff Arthur was shot and killed with his own weapon during an escape attempt from the Dickens County Jail. Two prisoners had asked him to fix some stopped-up plumbing and as Sheriff Arthur walked past their cell one of the inmates grabbed his gun and shot him in the neck. The suspects escaped but were apprehended. The shooter was sentenced to death and executed on May 4, 1936. The other suspect was sentenced to 99 years.
Sheriff Arthur had served two terms as sheriff and had been nominated for a third term. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 9, 2014

 

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