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Patrol Officer William Riley Mullins, Jr. | Yorktown Police Department, Texas Yorktown Police Department, Texas

Patrol Officer

William Riley Mullins, Jr.

Yorktown Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 11, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrol Officer William Mullins was shot and killed by a DUI suspect after a brief chase.

Officer Mullins had been notified via his radio to be on the lookout for an intoxicated driver arriving into Yorktown from Cuero. He stopped the vehicle and was checking the license and registration and had returned to his cruiser to call for backup when the suspect sped away. Officer Mullins chased him to his residence on State Highway 119, where Officer Mullins notified dispatch that he needed backup transport for the suspect to the Cuero County Jail.

In the meantime, Officer Mullins exited his vehicle to speak to a relative of the suspect and as both approached the suspect, the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Mullins in the head and chest. The backup unit arrived and found Officer Mullins on the ground and immediately called for an ambulance and assistance. Officer Mullins was transported to the Yorktown Memorial Hospital where he died that evening.

The suspect was apprehended at the scene. He was originally sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to life in prison after appeal.

Officer Mullins had served with the Yorktown Police Department for only three months and had previously served with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was survived by his wife, five children, parents, and three siblings.

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Hey Red, Tim Boldt here (son of Gary Boldt, your partner at the time of your death here in Yorktown) I want to take this time to thank you for your service and sacrifice! I was 3 months shy of 5yrs old when the unthinkable happened! I still remember the day when mom got the call and how everyone was in utter shock! Mom yelling at us in German to get in the car where we made it as far as the baseball field off of HWY 119 where the incident occurred. Shock was among all those that were around and knew You! And for us kids, we really didn't understand what was going on nor were we told at that time. We eventually found out and always wondered why, why did this happen to RED? I still to this day remember the time you were on patrol and we would meet you in town with dad and how you would play with us and had so much fun. We would go to the Borth's filling station where you bought us sodas & chips at the machines in front of station late at night! Now that dad has passed on, you two have been catching up and raising hell! May you rest in peace!

Timothy K Boldt
Son of Gary M Boldt (your partner at the time of your death)
July 13, 2017


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