Deputy Sheriff William Lafayette Nettles

Deputy Sheriff William Lafayette Nettles

Bowie County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, March 1, 1892

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William Lafayette Nettles

Deputy Sheriff William Nettles was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a drunk man who was shooting into the air. The suspect shot Deputy Nettles in the chest.

The suspect, who claimed self defense, was tried and acquitted.

Deputy Nettles was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

DIP, weapons violation

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On the 130th Anniversary of your passing, you are remembered for your bravery. I am proud to call this Deputy my Great Grandfather!

Cindy Ohlms
Great Grand Daughter

March 1, 2022

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