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Constable William Franklin Haygood | Willacy County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas Willacy County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas


William Franklin Haygood

Willacy County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 6 months, 3 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Willacy County Precinct 2 Constable William F. Haygood, his deputy, Francisco A. Cisneros, and Jailer Jose Guzman were investigating a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road near a cemetery. The lawmen thought the car contained some bootleggers. As the officers slowed their vehicle to talk to the man and woman in the suspicious car, both the man and woman got out of the car and approached the officers who were still seated in their vehicle. Just as the male walked up to the officer’s vehicle, the man opened fire striking Deputy Constable Cisneros on his right wrist. As Constable Haygood exited the vehicle, he was shot in the back, killing him instantly. The gunman then turned and shot Deputy Constable Cisneros several more times, with bullets entering his left side and heart. Jailer Guzman, crouching on the floor of the car, received a bullet wound to the mouth.

After the shooting, the male fled into brush, abandoning his vehicle and his girlfriend, identified as Domlaga Bueno, age 20.

Jailer Guzman fled into Raymondville and summoned assistance. Willacy County Deputies A. I. Pytle and John Nolen arrived at the scene. The officers searched for the suspect, but it was felt that he had fled across the border to Mexico.

Willacy County Justice of the Peace J. B. Huffer, who held an inquest, stated that he found Deputy Constable Cisneros slumped in the front seat of the car, dead, his gun lying in the road with one shell exploded. Constable Haygood was lying on his back on the right side of the car, his gun still in the holster. Officers felt the shooting was in retaliation for a bootlegging arrest that Deputy Constable Cisneros had made weeks earlier.

William Franklin Haygood was elected Constable of Precinct No. 2 of Willacy County, at Raymondville, Texas on November 4, 1930, and he assumed the office on January 1, 1931. He was buried in the Raymondville City Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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Deputy Constable Francisco A. Cisneros
Willacy County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Constable William Franklin Haygood. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the soul of your murderer. May his screams of anguish rise up from the grave as he is consumed in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 24, 2016


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