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Chief of Police W. L. Echols | Van Alstyne Police Department, Texas Van Alstyne Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police

W. L. Echols

Van Alstyne Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, March 21, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 67

Tour: 46 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Two sentenced to 99 years

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Chief Echols was shot and killed while making his normal rounds in the business district. He came across three men who were preparing to rob a bank and they shot him.

All three suspects were apprehended. Two were convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. On August 7, 1931, one was shot and killed when he attempted to escape from Eastham Prison Farm. The other suspect was pardoned by Governor Coke R. Stevenson on February 2, 1944.

Chief Echols had been with the agency for 46 years and is survived by his wife and two children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd 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 who was murdered in the 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.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 21, 2012


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