Sheriff William Read McMullen

Sheriff William Read McMullen

Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1866

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William Read McMullen

Shortly after sundown, Sheriff William R. McMullen along with his son, Foster, responded from his residence to reports of gunshots in the area of the town square in Homer. Shortly after the sheriff entered the town square he was shot and killed by an unknown person. As soon as the sheriff was shot, all the shooting stopped and those involved fled the scene.

Various reports in the newspapers and history books reported the shooting resulted in the death of as many as five people, and eighteen wounded. The shooting of Sheriff McMullen occurred shortly after the Civil War ended when factions who supported both the north and south were feuding in Angelina County. Locally the fighting became known as the Gilley War. Gilley family members were feuding with Windham family members. The person or persons responsible for the death of Sheriff William Read McMullen were not identified.

Sheriff McMullen was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried in the Homer Cemetery in Angelina County, Texas. He was a Civil War Veteran who was a first lieutenant in the 13th Texas Calvary, Company F.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 2 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender unknown

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Rest in Peace Sheriff William Reed McMullen. Thank You for your brave Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Angelina County, Texas during such a troubling time.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors and the men and women who now serve Angelina County. I also Pray that while your murderers escaped punishment here on this earthly realm that the hounds of hell are now gnawing on their sorry bones. May nothing but thorn bushes and weed grow on their graves. May their sorry souls be consumed by the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 19, 2016

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