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Deputy Sheriff Charles Wade Willis | Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Texas Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Wade Willis

Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, February 12, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1943

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Deputy Willis was shot and killed by a suspect he was preparing to transport to Dallas to be turned over to federal authorities. As the suspect stepped out of his cell he drew a .32 caliber pistol from his clothes. Deputy Willis struck the suspect with a leather belt and the suspect fired one shot, killing Deputy Willis. The suspect was later shot and wounded by other officers. He was charged with the murder of Deputy Willis and executed on September 3, 1943.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 13, 2012

 

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