Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta

Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta

Burleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 27, 1947

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Walter V. Sebesta

Constable Robert C. Vajdak and Deputy Constable Walter V. Sebesta were called to a disturbance at a café and beer hall in Snook where a crowd of 30 to 40 people had gathered. While seated in his car, Constable Vajdak saw Tollie Dabney displaying a pistol. Constable Vajdak gave Deputy Constable Sebesta his pistol and approached Dabney ordering him to throw up his hands as he was under arrest. Dabney resisted and a fight ensued. Constable Vajdak was cut nine times and seriously wounded. Deputy Constable Sebesta was stabbed in the chest and abdomen and died instantly.

Tollie Dabney was convicted of the murder of Deputy Constable Sebesta and sentenced to 99 years in prison. James Byrd was convicted of assault with attempt to murder without malice and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Byrd was charged as a principal for being present and encouraging the crowd to kill the lawmen. He appealed and his case was reversed and remanded.

Walter V. Sebesta was buried in the Snook Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and at least four children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender sentenced to 99 years in prison

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 27, 2020

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