Constable William Clinton Harless

Constable William Clinton Harless

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 15, 1915

William Clinton Harless

Deputy William Harless died of a gunshot wound received the previous day while attempting to serve a burglary arrest warrant. The suspect fired a Winchester Rifle through the front window of the house, striking Deputy Harless in the neck.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and hanged February 1, 1916.

Deputy Harless had been with the agency for two years. He also held a dual role as a deputy sheriff for the Harris County Sheriff's Office.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 14, 1915
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed in 1916

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Heroes live forever, Constable Harless, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 15, 2013

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