Deputy Sheriff William Don Reese

Deputy Sheriff William Don Reese

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 15, 1971

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William Don Reese

Deputy William Reese, Deputy Samuel Infante, and Deputy Arthur Robertson, of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed after being abducted by two men while conducting a burglary investigation.

Deputy Reese and Deputy Infante were backing up Deputy Robertson at the home of one of the suspects. The three were abducted, taken to the Trinity River and were shot execution style. Another Ellis County deputy was able to escape and get help. Both suspects were apprehended.

Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Three years later they received new trials and sentenced to life.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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William Don Reese (Donnie) will never be forgotten. He was my brother’s best friend and he still mourns the loss more than 50 years later.

Sandra Harris

March 4, 2022

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