Correction Officer John L. Wylie

Correction Officer John L. Wylie

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1909

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John L. Wylie

Correction Officer John L. Wylie was a prison guard at the Steiner Valley state convict farm in Hill County. About 9:00 p.m. Wylie and two other guards were attempting to locate an escaping convict named Joe Yates. Wylie was riding a mule along the Texas Central Railroad right of way near Fowler when the animal stumbled and fell. Wylie was killed instantly when his shotgun accidentally discharged striking him in the stomach. One of guards hurried to the nearest residence for assistance, but when he returned Wylie was dead.

Wylie was survived by his wife, Mary. His place of burial is unknown at this time.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Officer Wylie,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of Texas. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 22, 2019

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