Constable Michael Welch Baillio

Constable Michael Welch Baillio

Rapides Parish Constable's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, July 19, 1897

Michael Welch Baillio

Constable Michael Baillio was shot and killed while attempting to serve a writ of provisional seizure on a saloon over a $20 debt owed to a landlord.

When Constable Baillio arrived at the saloon, at the corner of Front Street and Jackson Street, the proprietor asked if he would allow him to raise the money to pay off the debt before the end of the day and was granted permission. After several hours Constable Baillio informed him he must close the establishment and handover the keys.

Without warning, the proprietor opened a drawer, pulled out a .45 caliber revolver, and fatally shot Constable Baillio. The subject was arrested and charged with murder. He was subsequently executed by hanging on April 16th, 1898.

Constable Baillio was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1898

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Thank you for your service to the citizens of Rapids Parish. You are not forgotten. Blue lights shine in your honor.

Cpl Eric Mayes
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office

July 19, 2016

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