Patrolman Edward Bryan Wheeler

Patrolman Edward Bryan Wheeler

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1934

Edward Bryan Wheeler

Patrolmen Edward Wheeler and H. D. Murphy were shot and killed on Easter Sunday by the notorious outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde.

The two patrolmen had stopped their motorcycles thinking a motorist needed assistance. As they approached the vehicle, the two outlaws opened fire with a shotgun and handgun, killing both officers.

Patrolman Wheeler had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 4 years. He was survived by his parents and four siblings and is buried in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

In 2011 Patrolman Wheeler was honored by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the 77th anniversary of his death.

The Bonnie and Clyde Gang was responsible for the murder of law enforcement officers in four states - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas - between 1932 and 1934. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow started their criminal career by robbing banks and quickly became notorious murderers wanted for the murders of nine law enforcement officers.

The two criminals were finally shot and killed in Louisiana when they were ambushed by a task force of Texas and Louisiana officers.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both shot and killed

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It is so sad that the Bonnie and Clyde Gang are so well known. As a society we glorify the criminals and either ignore Hero’s like you or make the Hero’s appear like the criminals. It is very sad that the names of Bonnie and Clyde are known even to our children, when it is your name Patrolmen Edward Wheeler that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday. God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 26, 2015

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