Deputized Civilian William E. Fletcher

Deputized Civilian William E. Fletcher

Brazos County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, January 15, 1883

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William E. Fletcher

Deputized Civilian William Fletcher was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for assaulting his wife.

The subject was charged with wife beating and assault with a pistol. A Brazos County Deputy went to arrest him and summoned W.E. Fletcher, a merchant and railroad agent at Wellborn in Brazos County, and another citizen to aid him in making the arrest. The subject was in his house and refused to surrender. Deputized Civilian Fletcher attempted to open the door and got it partially open, and was almost inside when the subject shot Fletcher in the heart. Deputized Citizen Fletcher returned fire and hit the subject in the stomach. Deputized Citizen Fletcher walked about 100 yards and gradually let himself down to the ground, where he died.

The subject fled and was captured later. He died in the county jail from his wound on January 17, 1883.

Deputized Citizen Fletcher was survived by his wife.

He was buried at the Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, domestic

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On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brazos County.


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