Police Officer William Edwin DeLeon

Police Officer William Edwin DeLeon

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 29, 1982

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William Edwin DeLeon

About 7:15 a.m. on March 29 Solo Officer Winston J. Rawlins was working freeway patrol when he was struck by a truck during a traffic stop and pinned under a vehicle. The vehicle caught fire and Officer Rawlins was burned to death.

At 8:30 p.m. the same day Solo Officer William E. (Ponce) DeLeon was working radar on the Southwest Freeway. His partner Solo Officer J.W. Dunbar was passed by a vehicle exceeding 87 mph and Officer Dunbar radioed to Officer DeLeon to clock the car on the radar. Before Officer Dunbar could activate his red lights, the car swerved into Officer DeLeon and his police motorcycle. Officer DeLeon died at the scene. The driver was stopped 3/10ths of a mile from the scene.

The driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Officer DeLeon was survived by his wife, two children, two step-children, his parents, a sister, and a brother. He was buried in the Field of Honor at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years, 5 months
  • Badge 2280

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to ten years

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Officer DeLeon,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

March 29, 2022

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