Deputy Wilson Robert "Buck" Riley
Died in the Line of Duty
January 21, 1930
Wilson Robert "Buck" Riley was a peace
officer of Wise County, and served as Constable in the Bridgeport precinct. Buck
had served as a Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff John Branch. The dates are not
clear, but the time was probably from about 1910, until his death in 1930.
Buck Riley was born in Greenwood, Texas on
December 2, 1871, and died on January 21, 1930. Buck Riley suffered a stroke
while performing his duties as an officer of the court, while summoning a
witness to the courtroom. He died a few hours later in a bed in the grand jury
room on the third floor of the courthouse, where he had been taken after
Deputy Joseph Brown Jr
Killed in the Line of Duty
January 27, 1933
On January 27, 1933, only 26 days after Tom Faith had taken over, Deputy Joseph
Brown Jr. was shot and killed.
Joseph Brown, barber by trade and deputy sheriff for the Rhome area, received information
from the sheriff's department that a vehicle occupied by four suspects, in a theft of an
oil drum that occurred in the Alvord area, could possibly be coming through his area.
Brown spotted the vehicle matching the description that the sheriff's department had given
as it came through Rhome on Hwy 2. Brown ordered the vehicle to stop and when the driver
complied, Brown stepped up onto the running board and motioned the driver to pull up to
his barber shop. Brown escorted the four subjects into the shop, without searching them,
and seated three of them on the waiting bench and the other on a large breadbox. As he
contacted the sheriff's department by telephone, the unidentified man seated on the
breadbox pulled a pistol from his rear pocket. He pointed the gun at Brown and advised him
that he would be going with them. Brown protested and pushed the suspect back through the
doorway. As the man fell, he fired six shots from the pistol, striking Brown in the neck.
When by-standers came into the barbershop, they found Joe Brown collapsed in a chair.
Three of the suspects fled from the scene continuing south on Hwy. #2.
Doyle Meeks, the driver, who had fled from the scene when the unidentified man
took the pistol from his pants, later turned himself in to Sheriff Faith. Ida and Glenn
Hunsucker were later arrested in Childress, Texas. The third suspect is not identified in
the newspaper articles.
Ida Hunsucker was tried, convicted and sentenced to two years in the state
penitentiary. The charges against Glenn Hunsucker were dismissed.
Xaros Vom Godinghofer Weg
Retired from Duty in 2001
Passed Away in August 2003 at the age of 10
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