Deputy Sheriff Tom Willis

Deputy Sheriff Tom Willis

San Patricio County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, 1915

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Tom Willis

Deputy Tom Willis was shot and killed as another deputy struggled with a knife-wielding man at a dance near Odem.

The deputies had gone to the dance to keep order. A man at the dance started to create a disturbance and pulled a knife on the deputies when they attempted to intervene.

As one of the deputies struggled with the man, the deputy's gun discharged. The round struck Deputy Willis, killing him.

The suspect attempted to flee but was shot and killed by the other deputies.

Deputy Tom Willis is buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Odem in San Patricio County.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Willis,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Patricio County.


United States Border Patrol

September 26, 2015

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