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Deputy City Marshal William E. Patterson | Beaumont Police Department, Texas Beaumont Police Department, Texas

Deputy City Marshal

William E. Patterson

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 25, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/24/1881

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy William Patterson died of a gunshot wound he received the previous day after responding to a disturbance call at a local church.

When Deputy Patterson arrived he found that three suspects had broken several Windows at the church. As he attempted to take the suspects into custody, one of the suspects drew a hidden handgun and shot Deputy Patterson in the abdomen. Deputy Patterson died the next day from the wound.

The chief suspect was a 17-year old youth named Patillo Higgins. He was injured by the officer and later lost an arm due to gangrene. He was acquitted by reason of self defense.

Deputy Patterson had served with the Beaumont Police Department for 8 years.

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Rest in peace, Deputy Patterson. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Beaumont and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
September 25, 2012


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