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 Burnett was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant on a suspect. The suspect 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

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Rest in Peace Constable W. Riley Burnett. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Pct. 8, Dallas County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.


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

August 3, 2016

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