Patrol Inspector William L. Sills

Patrol Inspector William L. Sills

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 1940

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William L. Sills

Patrol Inspector William Sills was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a smuggler along the bank of the Rio Grande River south of La Grulla, approximately 25 miles west of McAllen, Texas.

He and two other inspectors had encountered three smugglers. Two of the aliens were arrested and Inspector Sills was shot while attempting to stop the third from escaping. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Inspector Sills had served with the United States Border Patrol for three years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

illegal alien, smuggling

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Inspector Sills,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol.

A fellow BPA

United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2020

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