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Deputized Civilian William E. Fletcher | Brazos County Sheriff's Office, Texas Brazos County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputized Civilian

William E. Fletcher

Brazos County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, January 15, 1883

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: suspect wounded and died later

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Burl Burleson was charged with wife beating and assault with a pistol. Brazos county Deputy Sheriff Smith went to arrest him, and summoned W.E. Fletcher, a merchant and railroad agent at Wellborn in Brazos County, and another party, to aid him in making the arrest. Burleson was in his house and refused to be arrested. Fletcher then undertook to open the door and got it partially open and was partly inside when Burleson shot Fletcher in the heart. Fletcher fired two times hitting Burleson in the stomach. He walked about 100 yards and gradually let himself down to the ground where he died. Burleson fled and was captured later. Burleson died in the county jail from his wound on January 17, 1883.

Fletcher was buried in the Bryan City Cemetery. He was married and had no children in 1880.

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Mr. Fletcher,
On today, the 133rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brazos County.


United States Border Patrol
January 15, 2016


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