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Police Chief Wilbur Frank Edwards | Taft Police Department, Texas Taft Police Department, Texas

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Wilbur Frank Edwards

Taft Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, July 13, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief of Police Wilbur Edwards was shot and killed by a subject without provocation.

He was visiting with merchants, asking them to leave their lights on at night for better protection. As he stood in the driveway of a service station he was approached by the owner and shot twice in the head and then twice in the body with a .22 caliber pistol. The subject was arrested and charged with his murder.

The 62-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1925 he was sentenced to 20 years for a murder conviction in DeQueen, Arkansas, but received a full pardon without having to serve any time.

Chief Edwards was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He had served with the United States Border Patrol, Brownsville Police Department and Corpus Christi Police Department before becoming the chief of the Taft Police Department. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Rest in Peace Chief Wilbur Frank Edwards. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Taft, Texas. I also thank You for your Military Service

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.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 17, 2016


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