Constable W. Riley Burnett

Constable W. Riley Burnett

Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 2, 1893

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W. Riley Burnett

Constable Riley Burnett was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant on a suspect for burglary.

The subject asked Constable Burnett if he could go into his brother-in-law's home to get a hat. The man came out of the house firing a Winchester rifle, striking Constable Burnett in the lung and face.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 25 years.

Constable Burnett was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

arrest attempt, warrant

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Constable Burnett,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas County.


United States Border Patrol

August 2, 2023

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