Wilford Thomasson

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Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
February 14, 1937
Location of Death: 
Austin, TX

Circumstances of Death

Special Agent Wilford Winn Thomasson, along with other agents, had seized a still and arrested two prisoners along the Colorado River, west of Austin, Texas. During the search for additional violators, Agent Thomasson found Pete Martinez, a Mexican citizen, and another suspect hiding in a building. He called out for them to surrender, but Martinez began shooting at Agent Thomasson.

During the exchange of gunfire, Martinez was killed and Agent Thomasson seriously wounded. Agent Thomasson was taken to the local hospital, but died several hours later.

Three additional suspects were later charged in the death of Agent Thomasson and one, Ike Young, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.


Agent Thomasson joined the Bureau of Prohibition on April 1, 1932. He was assigned to offices at New Orleans and San Antonio, Texas.


Agent Thomasson was born in Abilene, Texas. He was survived by his wife, May Larue and one child.

Associated Artifacts: 
Newspaper article from The Galveston Daily News, dated February 21, 1937, with headline: Three Waive Hearing in Revenue Agents Death
Newspaper article from The ADA Evening News, dated February 23, 1937 with headline: Moonshiners Make Lynching Threat
Newspaper article from The ADA Evening News, with headline: Charged With Slaying Officer
Note regarding an order for Larue Thomasson
Memorandum to the File removing Wilford Thomasson from roll
Last Reviewed August 5, 2021