Sheriff William Bowen Arthur

Sheriff William Bowen Arthur

Dickens County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, October 27, 1934

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William Bowen Arthur

Sheriff William Arthur was shot and killed with his own weapon during an escape attempt from the Dickens County Jail.

Two prisoners had asked him to fix some stopped-up plumbing and as Sheriff Arthur walked past their cell one of the inmates grabbed his gun and shot him in the neck. The suspects escaped but were apprehended. The shooter was sentenced to death and executed on May 4th, 1936. The other suspect was sentenced to 99 years.

Sheriff Arthur had served two terms as sheriff and had been nominated for a third term. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1936

escape attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 9, 2014

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