Special Agent Steven David Willis

Special Agent Steven David Willis

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, February 28, 1993

Steven David Willis

Special Agent Steven Willis was one of four federal agents killed when they raided the compound of a religious cult for weapons violations.

Four agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms were shot and killed in a raid on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas. The Branch Davidians were a religious cult that idolized their leader, David Koresh. A two-month standoff followed the initial raid and ended when the Branch Davidians conducted a mass murder-suicide, by gunfire and fire, which resulted in the deaths of over 80 of its members.

The raid was the catalyst for the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1995 - exactly two years after the mass suicide. The terrorist bombing claimed the lives of 168 people, including eight federal law enforcement agents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years, 7 months
  • Badge 3061

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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It was many years ago in San Marcos that we dated. My lasting memory of you....what I said to my friends when they asked about you at the time was "He is such a nice guy." It was pure in its meaning. Reflective. Honest. True. We went out to dinner, held hands, laughed, talked, walked around the river. You totally loved my lasagna....said it was the best you ever had. I can still picture your apartment ....vividly.....how neat and clean it was. I was impressed. You told me stories about your work. I distinctly remember commenting on the danger; asking you if you ever got scared. Your answer haunted me for so long after your death. You simply said "Of coarse." It was the epitome of bravery. The awareness yet willingness to risk your life for others' safety. I am a grand mother of 2 now. I often find myself looking at them and wondering---like many grandparents--- "what will you be when you grow up?" Your dedication and sacrifice reminds me that the measure of a man or woman is not necessarily what they do but how they feel.....about themselves and others. You were confident, joyful, thoughtful, kind, brave. It was my pleasure to have known you. So wonderful that all my memories of us are pleasant ones. I thank you for your service....and those memories.


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