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Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta | Burleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas Burleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

Deputy Constable

Walter V. Sebesta

Burleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 27, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: sentenced to 99 years in prison

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Constable Robert C. Vajdak and Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta were called to a disturbance at a café and beer hall in Snook where a crowd of 30 to 40 people had gathered. While seated in his car, Constable Vajdak saw Tollie Dabney displaying a pistol. Constable Vajdak gave Deputy Constable Sebesta his pistol and approached Dabney ordering him to throw up his hands as he was under arrest. Dabney resisted and a fight ensued. Constable Vajdak was cut nine times and seriously wounded. Deputy Constable Sebesta was stabbed in the chest and abdomen and died instantly.

Tollie Dabney was convicted of the murder of Deputy Constable Sebesta and sentenced to 99 years in prison. James Byrd was convicted of assault with attempt to murder without malice and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Byrd was charged as a principal for being present and encouraging the crowd to kill the lawmen. He appealed and his case was reversed and remanded.

Walter V. Sebesta was buried in the Snook Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and at least four children.

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Rest in Peace Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Pct. 2, Burleson County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 4, 2016


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