Deputy Sheriff William Henry Garlick

Deputy Sheriff William Henry Garlick

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 23, 1913

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William Henry Garlick

Ranger Captain John R. Hughes assigned Private Scott Russell to accompany El Paso County Deputy Sheriff W. H. Garlick to serve a warrant for arrest on Manuel Guaderrama for cattle rustling. The Guaderrama clan was well known to law enforcement. The two lawmen went to a business (store and saloon) owned by Manuel and his brother, Juan, in an unincorporated industrial area called Smeltertown. To avoid arousing suspicion, the officers entered under the pretext of buying tobacco.

Juan and his mother, Marina, were the only people in the store. Unexpectedly, Private Russell was smashed in the head with an ax handle by Marina. Juan pulled a Lugar and killed both Captain Russell and Garlick. He pulled down the curtain and hacked at the fallen officer's heads with a hatchet. Juan discovered he had accidentally shot and mortally wounded his mother. Juan's wife arrived and removed both officer's gun's and Russell's gun belt. They called the police and reported the officers were drunk and had struck his mother.

Lawmen believed the Guaderrama clan planned the murders in revenge for the rustling investigation. Thirteen members of the clan were arrested. Seven were no-billed by the grand jury and six, including Juan, were indicted for murder. The clan retained top legal talent. Five were tried on January 13th, 1914, but the jury deadlocked. Rangers and deputies raised funds to aid the district attorney in the second trial. Unfortunately, by the June 1915 trial, only Juan Guaderrama was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to five years in prison.

Deputy Garlick had served with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four children. He was buried in the Valentine Cemetery in Jeff Davis County.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Luger
  • Offender Sentenced to five years

warrant service, ambush, retaliation

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