Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Boyett

Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Boyett

Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, May 1, 1926

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Robert E. Boyett

Deputy Boyett was shot and killed while investigating a robbery.

Deputy Boyett and his partner had entered a boarding house looking for a robbery suspect. While in the process of interviewing several boarders, the deputies encountered the armed suspect who opened fire, killing Deputy Boyett and seriously wounding his partner. The suspect was shot and killed by his wounded partner.

At the time of the incident Deputy Boyett was a candidate for sheriff to replace the retiring sheriff. His surviving partner was elected sheriff and served for the next twenty-four years in Winn Parrish.

Boyett had served with the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department for 2 years and had previously served as a Winnfield Town Marshal. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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As I sit in my house in Goldonna, Louisiana, there is an active search (4th day now) ongoing for a burglary suspect. This morning, he broke into a house in the Calvin area and stole two loaded weapons and a tractor. He ditched the tractor sometime later this morning behind the ag building at Calvin High School. As I reflect on the measures I have taken to protect my family, I can only imagine the potential danger our law enforcement officers are in right now. And that's for only one isolated incident, never mind the dangers they face on a daily basis. God bless those who serve, and a special blessing this Easter Sunday to all those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. America does not appreciate you - or our current officers - nearly enough.

To Mr. Boyett's sons - God bless you for your sacrifice. Even though it was long ago, I'm sure the loss never goes away. My family and I prayed for you tonight. God Bless

Civilian Stephen Laughlin
Grateful resident living under LEO protection

April 6, 2015

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