Deputy City Marshal William E. Patterson

Deputy City Marshal William E. Patterson

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 1881

William E. Patterson

Deputy William Patterson died of a gunshot wound he received the previous day after responding to a disturbance call at a local church.

When Deputy Patterson arrived he found that three suspects had broken several Windows at the church. As he attempted to take the suspects into custody, one of the suspects drew a hidden handgun and shot Deputy Patterson in the abdomen. Deputy Patterson died the next day from the wound.

The chief suspect was a 17-year old youth named Patillo Higgins. He was injured by the officer and later lost an arm due to gangrene. He was acquitted by reason of self defense.

Deputy Patterson had served with the Beaumont Police Department for 8 years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 24, 1881
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace, Deputy Patterson. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Beaumont and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 25, 2012

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